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Trends in adult smoking prevalence

JAMA Health Forum

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: This analysis of survey data from 353,000 U.S. adults found that smoking prevalence decreased from 2011 to 2022 in all age groups except adults 65 years or older, with faster decreases among younger than older adults. These findings suggest that the greatest gains in terms of reducing smoking-attributable morbidity and mortality could be achieved by focusing on individuals with low socioeconomic status, as this population has the highest smoking rates and the worst health prospects. 

Authors: Rafael Meza, Ph.D., of the BC Cancer Research Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is the corresponding author.

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