Cessation Services Needed To Reach 2010 Goal

In State News on March 20, 2009 at 7:57 am

On March 12, the CDC released a tobacco related Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that outlines state specific data for 2007 and trends in adult smoking by state between 1998 to 2007. These data are not “new” as ITPC has been using 2007 numbers for some time.

Despite declines in adult smoking prevalence over the past decade, the rates of decline will very likely be too slow in almost all states other than Utah to achieve the Healthy People 2010 objective for reducing adult cigarette smoking prevalence to 12% or less unless comprehensive, evidence-based tobacco control programs — including expanded access to cessation services, such as quit lines — are fully implemented in all states.

  • States varied substantially in both levels of smoking and trends in smoking during the past 10 years, and these variations can be attributed to factors such as differences in population demographics, differing levels of tobacco control programs and policies, and variations in tobacco industry marketing and promotion.
  • In 2007, cigarette smoking prevalence among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands ranged from 8.7% to 31.1%.
  • Current smoking prevalence was highest in Kentucky (28.3%), West Virginia (27.0%), Oklahoma (25.8%), and Missouri (24.6%); these were almost twofold higher than the states with the lowest prevalence (Utah, 11.7%; California, 14.3%).
  • Men had higher smoking prevalence than women in 30 states, DC, and all three territories; the remaining states had no significant differences in prevalence among men and women.
Smoking Trends
  • Six states (Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had no significant declines in prevalence in the past 10 years.
  • Between 1998 and 2007, there were statistically significant decreases in 44 states, including Indiana. This chart illustrates Indiana’s data over this time period.
Indiana Adult Smoking, 1998-2007



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