The government’s target is to have only 12% of the adult population smoking by 2010 but the figures suggest that they will miss the target by a long shot.
Statistics show that 20.8% of the adult population smoked last year representing a total of 45 million adults. The statistics also show that a total of 91 million Americans have been smokers at some point in their lives (defined as smoking over 100 cigarettes in their lives).
The report indicated that 80% of smokers smoked every day and 44% of smokers had tried at least once to quit smoking.
Evidence suggests that quitting smoking is the single most advantageous change a smoker can make in their lives to improve their health and lower risks of smoking related disease, such as cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease and stroke.Smoking NewsSmoking News