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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 14, 2017

Help Patients Have Smoke-Free Life

JAMA. 2017;317(6):577. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0098

More clinicians now than in 2000 are advising smokers to quit and more smokers are trying to kick the habit. Even so, a recent CDC analysis showed that successful quit rates are low and too few who want to stop use evidence-based cessation methods to do so.

Data from the National Health Interview Surveys showed that 68% of adult smokers said in 2015 that they wanted to quit for good. About 73% of those aged 25 to 44 years said they aimed for a smoke-free life—the highest percentage among 4 age groups studied. Some 55% of smokers in 2015 said they had tried to quit during the past year, compared with about 49% in 2000.

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