The CDC is out with new stats on smoking, and the big headline is that the number of adults who partake has fallen from 20.9% in 2005 to 19.3% in 2010, report MedPage Today and the Wall Street Journal. That means about 3 million fewer people are smoking today, but "it's been much slower than the rate of decline in the previous five years," says a CDC official. "We can certainly do much better."
- The number of heavy smokers (30 or more cigarettes per day) fell from 12.7% to 8.3% over the same period.
- The number of light smokers (one and nine cigarettes per day) increased from 16.4% to 21.8%.
- Daily smokers puffed an average of 15.1 cigarettes per day in 2010, down from 16.7 in 2005.