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Study shows that the percentage of smokers haven't changed

Published on November 15th, 2007 18:11

Federal researchers are upset by the results of the study that recently has been inspected. Survey proved that 20.8% of Americans continue to smoke.

Although, researchers say that the results can be more optimistic if the government aims to control deeper this problem and spend more money to encourage Americans to quit.

Nowadays percentage of 20.8 is equivalent with that of 2004 year. This equivalence proved that even people pay fees and taxes that, as government said, are focused to support the campaigns that inform about the effects of tobacco smoking, in reality people continue to light up as the percentage remains the same. So, inevitably the question emerges: where are the money?

Federal researchers call the government to spend more money to influence people and encourage them to kick the habit.

As another study shows, in 2006, more than 45 million Americans are smokers, that is 20.8% of the entire USA population.

Also, the report of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proved that 80 % of them are daily smokers.

The CDC said that as the number of the smokers remains the same as in the past years, it can be concluded that all the efforts concerning the diminishing of the smoking rates have “stalled.”

“It is completely commensurate with the stall in resources that been going into tobacco control,” Dr. Matt McKenna, who directs CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said in a telephone interview.

The interview of more than 24,000 U.S. adults has demonstrated that nearly 24 percent of men and 18 percent of women smoke.

McKenna said that these results are far from being qualified as encouraging and that state and federal officials ought to concentrate more efforts on this problem.