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State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2003

November 12, 2004 / Vol. 53 / No. 44

A study published in the November 12 issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that for the first time, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in a state (Utah) has reached the Healthy People 2010 health objective of ≤12%. Adult smoking prevalence varies threefold across the 50 states, the District of Columbia (DC), Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (range: 10%–34%). Unless states expand cessation and other tobacco control and tobacco prevention efforts, the Healthy People 2010 goal of reducing smoking prevalence to ≤12% will not be achieved.

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