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One of the national health objectives for 2010 is to reduce the prevalence
of cigarette smoking among adults to 12% (objective 27-1a).1 To
assess progress toward this objective, CDC analyzed self-reported data from
the 2003 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The results of that analysis
indicated that, in 2003, approximately 21.6% of U.S. adults were current smokers.
Although this prevalence is lower than the 22.5% prevalence among U.S. adults
in 2002 and significantly lower than the 22.8% prevalence in 2001, the rate
of decline is not sufficient to meet the national health objective for 2010.2 Comprehensive, sustained interventions that reduce the rate of smoking
initiation and increase the rate of cessation are needed to further the decline
in cigarette smoking among adults.3
Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2003. JAMA. 2005;294(2):172–173. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.172
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