CDC: Prevalence of Smoking Quit Attempts Unchanged in Most States

THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 — During 2011 to 2017, the prevalence of quit attempts in adult smokers did not change significantly in 44 states and increased in only four states, according to research published in the July 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Kimp Walton, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2011 to 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico to determine state-specific trends in the prevalence of past-year quit attempts among adult cigarette smokers.

The researchers found that the prevalence of quit attempts increased in four states (Kansas, Louisiana, Virginia, and West Virginia), decreased in two states (New York and Tennessee), and did not change significantly in the remaining 44 states during 2011 to 2017. The median prevalence of past-year quit attempts was 65.4 percent in 2017, ranging from 58.6 percent in Wisconsin to 72.3 percent in Guam. In most states, older smokers were less likely to make a quit attempt than younger smokers.

“Increasing quit attempts among adult smokers can help drive increases in smoking cessation,” the authors write. “In addition, it is important to continue tracking cessation behaviors, including quit attempts, among states and territories to monitor future trends in these behaviors.”

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Posted: July 2019

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