Heavy Smokers Decrease, Light Smokers Increase
More people today puff a few cigarettes per day than in 2005
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2011 5:19 PM CDT
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(Newser) – 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."

Other highlights:

  • 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.

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Sep 7, 2011 2:42 AM CDT
So at 157% ( unless disproven) greater chance of getting Alzheimers or related dementia, linked to smoking, (not to mention COPD, heart disease, cancer) you would think ALL smoking would go down
Sep 6, 2011 9:27 PM CDT
I think this headline might be using bad math. If they say "the number of light smokers increased from 16.4% to 21.8%," you have to ask percentage of what - if its a percentage of overall smokers, then the # of light smokers could have actually decreased while at the same time the % of smokers who are light smokers increases, due to the #s of heavy smokers decreasing overall. Anyway, I considered heavy smokers to be 10-15+ a day... who smokes 30+?? Geez, makes me feel less guilty about my 5 or so a week.
Sep 6, 2011 6:33 PM CDT
Cancer cures smoking, so what % heavy smokers are dieing off?