A New Climb among Adult Smokers

This year was a favorable one for tobacco products. As health officials declared that cigarette smoking rose slightly for the first time in almost 15 years.

Adult smokers

According to 2008 survey, was found that 21 percent of U.S. adults smoked. But a year before was found that just 19.8 percent were smokers. Scientists noted that in 2008 was the first increase in adult smoking since 1994.

This is the main cause why health officials and experts became so unhappy and sad. Vince Willmore, a spokesman for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a Washington, D.C. – based research and advocacy organization, said: “Clearly, we’ve hit a wall in reducing adult smoking.”

There’s a popular observation that smoking is a fading public health danger. Sustaining that perception are indoor smoking laws, cigarette taxes and Congress’ recent decision to allow the Food and Drug Administration to control tobacco.

But health officials believe profits have been worked up because was cut in state the tobacco control campaigns. Some advocates believe tobacco companies are conquering increasing obstacles.

Cigarette makers also participated in cigarettes sale increase by reaching kids and minorities with messages about flavored or menthol products, declared Dr. Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association.

Even the tobacco industry also has been disregarding cigarettes to compensate tax increases and keep smokes legal.

For example between 1997 and 2004, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes jumped 63 percent, but adult smoking decreased about 15 percent. However between 2004 and 2008, the price raised just 2 percent, while adult smoking declined by just about 1 percent.

Scientists sustained that cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and diseases in the United States, and also is the main cause of cancers, heart disease and other fatal conditions.

According to several studies West Virginia and Indiana had the highest smoking rates, at about 26 percent, but four other states, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee, had rates about as high.

However they also found that Utah had the lowest smoking rate, with only about 9 percent of Utah residents describing themselves as current smokers.

Scientists concluded that many of the states that have the lowest smoking rates are those that have been the most active about indoor smoking laws and about state taxes that drive up the cost of cigarettes.

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