Declines in Cigarette Smoking Rates Stall
September 7, 2010
AARC has received an early release copy of smoking statistics in the U.S. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report gives numbers on smoking rates and second-hand smoke exposure.
A number of statistics are available in the report, but one stands out: Previous declines in the smoking rate have stalled out in the last five years with the national rate of smoking remaining unchanged.
The smoking rate was 20.9% in 2005 and 20.5% in 2009.
Cigarette smoking remains highest among those living in poverty and with the lowest levels of education.
Second-hand smoke exposure rates continue to decline. The reports cites that 40% of those age 3 and under had exposure to smoke in the latest study. This compares to 88% of the 4 and under population in a 1988–1991 study. While second-hand smoke has declined, the report notes that 88 million children age 3 and under are still exposed to the problem.