Thursday, October 6, 2016

Smoking rates declining, but vary by state, demographics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15.7 percent of Coloradans smoked cigarettes in 2014. Current cigarette smoking ranged from 9.7 percent in Utah to 26.7 percent in West Virginia. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Colorado and across the United States. 

There is a significantly higher prevalence of tobacco use among males and some racial/ethnic groups in several states, which underscores the importance of implementing comprehensive tobacco control and prevention interventions to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related disparities, including increasing tobacco product prices, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, warning about the dangers of tobacco use through mass media campaigns. Increasing access to evidence-based behavioral counseling and FDA-approved medication can also help reduce tobacco use, particularly in populations with high use prevalence.

To learn more, go to CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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