[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
71°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
September 19
1863 - Gen. Edward F. Beale loans money to A.A. Hudson and Oliver P. Robbins to erect toll house in Newhall Pass [story]


The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

That is the lowest prevalence of adult smoking since the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began keeping such records in 1965. The report also shows the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million in 2005 to 42.1 million in 2013, despite the increasing population in the U.S.

“There is encouraging news in this study, but we still have much more work to do to help people quit,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “We can bring down cigarette smoking rates much further, much faster, if strategies proven to work are put in place like funding tobacco control programs at the CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.”

 

smoking

While smoking rates have dropped, there is a significant need to help those who continue to smoke. Cigarette smoking remains especially high among certain groups, most notably those below the poverty level, those who have less education, Americans of multiple race, American Indians/Alaska Natives, males, those who live in the South or Midwest, those who have a disability or limitation, and those who are lesbian/gay/bisexual. Data specific to sexual orientation were collected for the first time by the NHIS in 2013.

Among current cigarette smokers, the proportion of those who smoke every day decreased from 80.8 percent in 2005 to 76.9 percent in 2013. The proportion of cigarette smokers who smoke only on some days increased from 19.2 percent in 2005 to 23.1 percent in 2013. Among daily smokers, the average number of cigarettes smoked per day declined from 16.7 in 2005 to 14.2 in 2013. The proportion of daily smokers who smoked 20 to 29 cigarettes per day dropped from 34.9 percent in 2005 to 29.3 percent in 2013, while the proportion who smoked fewer than 10 cigarettes per day rose from 16.4 percent in 2005 to 23.3 percent in 2013.

“Though smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes, cutting back by a few cigarettes a day rather than quitting completely does not produce significant health benefits,” said Brian King Ph.D., a senior scientific advisor with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “Smokers who quit before they’re 40 years old can get back almost all of the 10 years of life expectancy smoking takes away.”

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. For every person who dies this year, there are over 30 Americans who continue to live with a smoking-related disease. Smoking also takes a devastating toll on our nation’s economy, costing more than $289 billion a year (including at least $133 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity). In addition, use of other forms of smoking tobacco which are also very dangerous, such as cigars and hookahs, are not declining. In some populations, especially among young adults and adolescents, use of these products may even be increasing.

Surveys show that about 70 percent of all cigarette smokers want to quit, and research shows quitting completely at any age has health benefits.  Smokers can get free help quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. There they can get free counseling and information about the seven smoking cessation medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign features real people living with the consequences of smoking-related diseases and offers additional quit resources at http://www.cdc.gov/tips, including cessation assistance developed by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
School Issues Warning After Suspect Tries to Lure Student
Sierra Vista Junior High School parents were notified Monday about an incident of a male suspect attempting to lure a student.
Monday, Sep 17, 2018
Monday, Sep 17, 2018
La Crescenta Motorcyclist Dies in I-5 Collision
Matthew L. Fielding, 25, of La Crescenta, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass on Sunday morning, according to the CHP.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1863 - Gen. Edward F. Beale loans money to A.A. Hudson and Oliver P. Robbins to erect toll house in Newhall Pass [story]
Gibbon-Fest will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Gibbon Conservation Center, located at 19100 Esguerra Rd., Santa Clarita, 91390.
Oct. 13: Gibbon-Fest at Gibbon Conservation Center
The date has changed, but the SCV Senior Center's Touch-A-Truck event is still a landmark event for children and adults who are intrigued with vehicles of all sorts and uses.
Oct. 13: Touch-A-Truck Benefiting SCV Senior Center
The next Canyon Country Advisory Committee (CCAC) meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 19: Canyon Country Advisory Committee Meeting
BAKERSFIELD — College of the Canyons freshman Haruka Koda fired a round of 70 to earn medalist honors and lead the Lady Cougars to a third straight Western State Conference (WSC) tourney victory on Monday at Kern River Golf Club.
Lady Cougars Bring Home 3rd Straight Western State Conference Tourney Win
The William S. Hart Union High School District's Parent and Student Empowerment (PASE) program presents, "Every Life Matters," Preventing Suicide in Teens & Children.
Sept. 20: Hart District’s PASE Presents ‘Every Life Matters’; Preventing Teen Suicides
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation is looking for volunteers for its upcoming 25th Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala Dinner and Charity Auction.
Michael Hoefflin Foundation In Need of Volunteers for Annual Gala
NORTHRIDGE - Over 60 Matadors spanning three teams took part in the 2018 Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday. The CSUN Women's Soccer, Women's Water Polo and Women's Tennis teams all participated in the worldwide event in effort to give back and beautify their community.
Dozens of Matadors Take Part in 2018 Coastal Cleanup Day
IRVINE - For the second time in three weeks, CSUN's Daniel Trejo and Henrik Regitnig have swept the weekly Big West Conference men's soccer honors as the Matadors climbed to 13th in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25 poll.
Pair of Matadors Sweep Big West Conference Awards
The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center, a service of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, announces a very special “fun and fit” event at the Santa Clarita Athletic Club on Friday, Oct. 12.
Oct. 12: Ride for a Cure – Fight Breast Cancer with Janet Cheveres
Jonslist.org, a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting animals and the environment, is having the First Annual Five Knolls Halloween Dog Costume Contest Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m.
Oct. 27: Five Knolls Halloween Dog Costume Contest
Enhanced Landscape Management, the maintenance division of Landscape Development Inc. (LDI) with headquarters located in Valencia, Calif., has concluded the asset purchase of Chateau Landscape Inc. (CLI) in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Landscape Development Inc. Concludes Purchase of Chateau Landscape Inc.
California State University, Northridge’s psychology professor Luciana Lagana received the Best Political Statement award at the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival, as well as the Phoenix Body of Work award at the 2018 Action on Film International Film Festival, for writing, directing and producing the documentary “Off the Streets for Good.”
CSUN Professor’s Documentary on Homelessness Garners Awards
The city of Santa Clarita has updated the list of productions shooting in the city and the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Sept. 10 – Sept. 16, 2018.
‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Trading Spaces’ Now Filming in SCV
The happy men of the SCV Men of Harmony Chorus are now preparing for their 42nd Annual A-capella Show and Ice Cream Social.
Oct. 13: SCV Men of Harmony Chorus A-capella Show, Ice Cream Social
Sierra Vista Junior High School parents were notified Monday about an incident of a male suspect attempting to lure a student.
School Issues Warning After Suspect Tries to Lure Student
1962 - Articles of incorporation filed for Golden State Memorial Hospital on Lyons Avenue [story]
Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending Sept. 16, the team announced Monday.
Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig Named National League Player of the Week
Writer, photographer and former CalArts Critical Studies faculty Janet Sternburg will present her first solo U.S. museum show, titled 'LIMBUS,' at USC’s Fisher Museum of Art from Sept. 18 to Dec. 1.
Sept. 18: Janet Sternburg to Open ‘LIMBUS’ at USC’s Fisher Museum
CalArts acting student Pricilla Chung's Instagram account caught the eye of New York Magazine’s fashion blog The Cut, and editors invited her to NYC for a photo shoot and feature write-up.
CalArts Acting Student Pricilla Jin Chung Makes ‘The Cut’
For a team with goals that can't be reached until November, it's all about the progression from one meet to another right now for The Master's University men's cross country team.
TMU Men’s Cross Country Keeps Building Toward Goals
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its fall programming lineup for both Los Angeles and New York.
‘Exorcist’ 45th Anniversary, ‘Christmas Story’ Top Fall Academy Screenings
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and her Trail Blazers will host her second annual trail ride at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Oct. 21: Barger’s Trail Blazers to Ride at Bonelli Regional Park
Mikala Fairchild led all Mustangs women's cross country runners at Saturday's UC Riverside Invitational, finishing 21st overall in the 5,000-meter open race.
Fairchild, Ghiorso Lead the Way for TMU Women’s Cross Country
The TMU Mustangs men's soccer team beat No. 14 Marymount California University 3-1 at El Camino College in Torrance on Saturday.
Mangan Leads Mustangs Past No. 14 Marymount Cal
Senior Hailey Gomillion scored in the 105th minute to lift No. 24 TMU to a 1-0 win over Marymount California University.
Gomillion’s Goal Lifts TMU to Win in 105th Minute
The Master's University women's volleyball team completed a sweep of No. 7 Westmont College on Saturday, ending the Warriors' 32-match winning streak in conference play.
Master’s Snaps Westmont’s 32-Match GSAC Win Streak
The Salvation Army Santa Clarita Valley Corps proudly marched in this year’s Agua Dulce Country Fair Parade on Saturday, with Envoys Jerry and Laura Bloom and the Salvation Army Kettle Bug leading a group of lively volunteers down the parade route.
Salvation Army Joins March in Agua Dulce Parade
The William S. Hart Union High School District needs a new member of the Measure SA Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
Hart District Seeks Member for Measure SA Oversight Panel
Matthew L. Fielding, 25, of La Crescenta, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass on Sunday morning, according to the CHP.
La Crescenta Motorcyclist Dies in I-5 Collision
Michael Foley began serving as the Executive Director of Bridge to Home on Monday, Sept. 17.
Michael Foley is New Bridge to Home Exec Director
A woman who was barricaded in a Castaic apartment after allegedly firing a gun during a welfare check in Castaic Friday afternoon surrendered to authorities after several hours of negotiation.
Barricaded Woman Surrenders in Castaic
A coalition of 56 state attorneys general including California's sent a letter to the U.S. Congress Monday calling on lawmakers to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
State AG’s Urge Feds to Renew Violence Against Women Act
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Baden-Württemberg Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann Saturday to sign an agreement establishing a sister state relationship between California and Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Brown Signs Sister State Agreement with Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1879 - First official Newhall School building erected near Walnut & Ninth streets [story]