Half of U.S. Adult Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year

Cessation services, however, tend to be under-utilized

THURSDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of adults who smoke would like to quit, but only about a third of them seek medical help and/or support to do so, according to research published in the Nov. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

Ann Malarcher, Ph.D., of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2001 to 2010 National Health Interview Surveys to ascertain the status of smoking and smoking cessation in the United States.

The researchers found that, in 2010, nearly 70 percent of adult smokers wished to quit, 52.4 percent had tried to quit in the last year, 6.2 percent had quit recently, nearly half had been advised by their doctor to quit, and 31.7 percent had employed the use of counseling and/or medications to stop smoking.

"Health care providers should identify smokers and offer them brief cessation advice at each visit; counseling and medication should be offered to patients willing to make a quit attempt," the authors write.

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