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

(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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