During 1965–2012, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults (aged ≥18 years) in the United States decreased from 42.4% to 18.1%, partly because of increases in smoking cessation (1,2). Quitting smoking is beneficial to health at any age, and cigarette smokers who quit before age 35 have premature mortality rates similar to those of persons who never smoked (1,2).
During 2001–2010, the proportion of adult cigarette smokers who had made a quit attempt in the past year increased linearly in 29 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands; during 2011–2013, this proportion increased in Hawaii and Puerto Rico and decreased in New Mexico. During 2011–2013, a majority of smokers in all age groups tried to quit in almost all states, although the proportion of smokers who attempted to quit decreased with increasing age. In 2013, approximately two thirds of smokers had made a quit attempt in the past year, although state proportions ranged from 56.2% to 76.4%. These results reflect the importance of ongoing state-based surveillance and evaluation in examining state variations and identifying health issues and disparities (2,3). These data can help states to develop health promotion and prevention programs and to monitor their progress in tobacco control.
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