From MMWR Weekly November 13,2015/64(44); 1233-1240

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the USA. It results in approximately 480,000 premaure deaths and more than 300 Billion in Direct Health care Costs each year..The CDC report is an update on the “Healthy People 2020” goal of reducing cigarette smoking adults to < 12% by 2020.Smoking adults aged 18=>  decreased from 20.9% in 2005 to 16.8% in 2014–an almost 20% decrease in this 10 year period. or about a .41 decrease in the number smoking per year.At this same rate we should decrease to about 14 % in 2020 suggesting that to reach the desired goal we need to redouble our efforts and develop even more new methods to prevent addiction and to treat addiction once established. Dr Smith

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