facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Most smokers want to quit and try to quit

Nov. 10, 2011 at 10:05 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
ATLANTA, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- About two-thirds of U.S. adult smokers say they want to quit and 52 percent of adult smokers say they tried to quit in the last year, health officials say.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 48 percent of smokers who saw a health professional in the past year recalled getting advice to quit and 32 percent used counseling and/or medications in the past year. The use of these effective treatments can almost double to triple rates of successfully smoking cessation, the report said.

"More than two-thirds of smokers want to quit smoking and more than half tried to quit last year," Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC said. "Smokers who try to quit can double or triple their chances by getting counseling, medicine, or both. Other measures of increasing the likelihood that smokers will quit as they want to include hard-hitting media campaigns, 100 percent smoke-free policies, and higher tobacco prices."

The analysis, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, was published in conjunction with the annual Great American Smokeout Nov. 17.

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Smokeout encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

Smokers can get free resources and help quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visiting www.smokefree.gov.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Schizophrenia is actually eight disorders, not one disease Schizophrenia is actually eight disorders, not one disease
2
Male pattern baldness a sign of prostate cancer risk Male pattern baldness a sign of prostate cancer risk
3
Study: too many kids taking antibiotics Study: too many kids taking antibiotics
4
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
5
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback