Prevention on the Wane?
Editor’s note: The news of increased cigarette smoking in the US raises the important question of whether we can effectively execute and sustain a wellness and prevention initiative that will bend the curve of health care cost increases in this nation.
A little under 21 percent of US adults said they smoked, according to a 2008 national survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up slightly from the year before, when 19.8 percent said they were smokers. It also is the first increase in adult smoking since 1994, specialists noted.
Source: AP/Boston Globe, November 13, 2009. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2009/11/13/us_adult_smoking_rate_rises_slightly/
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