Smoking is a serious public health concern that continues to be the primary cause of preventable illness and death in the
United States.1 Policy efforts such as increased cigarette taxes and graphic warning labels have helped reduce smoking.2,3
According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 54.9 million adults smoked cigarettes in the past month.
Smoking rates decreased between 2002 and 2011 for adults in all age groups except those aged 26 to 34 (Figure). Past month smoking among adults aged 26 to 34 showed no significant change between 2002 and 2011 (32.7 vs. 31.6 percent).
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