New CDC report says over half of smokers have tried quitting

By WEEK Producer

New CDC report says over half of smokers have tried quitting

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and many of those who do have tried to quit.

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 percent of Americans said they smoked daily or most days in 2011.

That's a slight decrease from 2005 when more than 20 percent reported smoking.

Fifty-two percent of smokers said they've tried to quit. Many are smoking fewer cigarettes.

However, the report says as the number of people smoking more than 30 cigarettes a day decreased, the number of people who smoke fewer than 10 increased.

The statistics are published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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