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Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2001

October 10, 2003 / Vol. 52 / No. 40

The Friday, October 10, 2003, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains a study titled “Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2001.” According to the study, 46.2 million adults (22.8 percent) in the United States were current smokers in 2001—down from 25 percent in 1993. During 1965–2001, smoking declined faster for non-Hispanic blacks ages 18 years and older than non-Hispanic whites the same age. Smoking among black women is now lower than for white women, and in 2000–2001, for the first time, smoking prevalence among black men was similar to that among white men. Overall, the decline in cigarette smoking prevalence in the adult U.S. population is not occurring at a rate that will meet the 2010 national health objective of 12 percent. Sustaining or increasing implementation of comprehensive tobacco-control programs to meet the CDC-recommended funding levels are necessary to attain the 2010 national objective.

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