The number of heavy cigarette smokers drop while light smokers are on the rise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest Vital Signs report on cigarette smoking, and the results are a little bit of good and a little bit of not-so-good. While the rate of cigarette smoking has been dramatically decreasing over the past five years, the trends seems to be slowing despite public health efforts to decrease smoking rates, including increased tobacco taxes and campaigns to teach people of the dangers of cigarette smoking.
The main take-home from the report is that there are fewer heavy smokers in the U.S., but the number of people who are light smokers — those who smoke half a pack a day or less — increased. According to the report, a total of 19 percent of adults smoked in 2010, compared to 21 percent in 2005. Of the 45.3 million American adult smokers, 35.4 million light up every day.
Whether it's heavy or light smoking, there is no "safe" amount of cigarette smoking, the report says. In fact, despite the decrease, smoking is still the major preventable cause of disease and death in America. A whopping 443,000 people are estimated to die each year as a result of active and passive smoking (secondhand tobacco smoke).
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