We all know the dangers of smoking and it is good to know that almost 70 percent of Americans who smoke would like to quit, a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed.
Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC said:
“This study is reassuring to us. There has been a decline in the last five years in the rate of smoking, and smokers are actually smoking less.”
The report said that 68.8 percent of smokers would want to quit, with 52.4 percent of this group attempting to quit during the past year.
About 48 percent of smokers who visited their doctor in the past year said were told to quit. Moreover, 31.7 percent had counseling alone or with drugs to help them quit in the past year. Only about 6 percent quit successfully in the past year.
Education also played a role for those who were able to quit smoking, where 11 percent of those with a college degree were able to quit, compared with 3 percent of those who did not finish from high school.
It should be noted though that 20 percent of US high school students smoke cigarettes.
FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said:
“For many young people, that first cigarette or use of smokeless tobacco will lead to a lifetime of addiction, and for many, serious disease. More than 80 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age. Retailers are vital partners in the FDA’s efforts to prevent tobacco use among kids.”
Are you a smoker? Have you tried quitting? How effective was it and how did you do it?