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Declines in Cigarette Smoking Rates Stall

September 7, 2010

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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.