-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Sustained tobacco-control
efforts in Minnesota have led to a 27.1 percent decrease in adult
smoking rates, from 22.1 percent in 1999 to 16.1 percent in 2010,
says a new study.
During that same time, the adult smoking rate in the United
States declined only 15 percent, from 23.3 to 19.9 percent,
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Between 1999 and 2010, Minnesota implemented a number of
anti-tobacco measures, including a comprehensive statewide
smoke-free law, higher cigarette taxes, public education campaigns,
and quit-line services for tobacco users without health
In that time, per capita cigarette sales in Minnesota decreased
40 percent; the daily average number of cigarettes smoked by
current smokers decreased from 14.3 to 12.2; and the proportion of
current smokers who smoked more than 25 cigarettes a day fell from
14.3 to 6.3 percent.
Also, more adults in the state said they restricted smoking in
their homes (64.5 percent in 1999 vs. 87.2 percent in 2010), and
fewer adults said they were being exposed to secondhand smoke (67.2
percent vs. 45.6 percent).
The findings are from a 2010 survey that included 7,057
telephone interviews. The study is published Feb. 10 in the CDC's
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The authors said continued investment in state tobacco control
efforts is essential for widespread social benefits.
The American Cancer Society offers a
guide to quitting smoking.
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