Smoking Rates Not Declining as Rapidly as Expected


A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that regional differences in smoking rates may be a result of differences in marketing and advertising. While 28% of adults in Kentucky smoke, this figure stands at only 12% in Utah. The current goal set by the federal government is to have a national rate of 12%, which the report states will most likely not occur by the 2010 Healthy People time frame. Currently, between all US states and territories, a wide range of smoking, from 31.1% to 8.7% exists. The CDC hopes to lower rates by providing cessation resources such as quit lines. The report can be found in the March 13 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.