November 17, 2018
Man holding packet of nicotine gum
Health News

Most Smokers Have Quit

by Berkeley Wellness  

Three out of five American adults who ever smoked have quit, according to a recent report from the CDC.

During the past year, 55 percent of smokers attempted to quit, but just 7 percent succeeded. Only about one-third of smokers who try to quit use an “evidence-based cessation method,” such as counseling, a support group, nicotine replacement (via patch, gum, lozenge, or nasal spray), or a prescription quit-smoking drug (varenicline or buproprion).

The report called for insurers and employers to improve coverage for smoking cessation treatments and for “health systems to integrate cessation interventions into clinical care.”

Also see Changing Bad Health Habits.