Campaigns to help smokers kick the habit have hit a wall in the United States, with hardly any recent change in smoking rates, federal researchers reported on Thursday.
Just more than 20 percent of the adult population smoked in 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 1,000 people take up the habit every day.
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“Overall smoking prevalence did not change significantly from 2007 to 2008,” CDC researchers wrote in the weekly report on death and disease.
“In 2008, an estimated 20.6 percent of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers.”