Monday, September 13, 2010

Senior Citizens Lead Nation in at Least One Important Health Statistic – Not Smoking

Seniors much less likely to smoke than younger people; smoking decline stalled; half of children exposed to secondhand smoke

Sept. 13, 2010 – Too often the health statistics have senior citizens leading all age groups with the worst statistics, but that is not so in the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seniors – U.S. citizens age 65 and older – are much less likely to be cigarette smokers than are younger people.
According to the report, the number of adult smokers dropped between 2000 and 2005, but smoking has remained at about 20-21 percent since 2005. Only about 9.5 percent of senior citizens, however, are still smokers.


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