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ATLANTA, Nov 10, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Smoking rates among U.S. adults have declined but not rapidly enough to achieve federal goals for 2010, health officials said Wednesday.
Utah and the U.S. Virgin Islands have, for the first time, achieved the goal of less than 12 percent of adults smoking, as put forward by the Healthy People 2010 project, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in a study in the agency's journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
However, adult smoking rates are as high as 34 percent in some states. This indicates that unless states increase their smoking cessation and prevention efforts, the goal of less than 12 percent of adults smoking on a nationwide basis by 2010 will not be met, the CDC said.
Further confounding the issue, state spending on tobacco control programs has dropped 28 percent in the past two years due to state budget shortfalls. Only four states -- Maine, Mississippi, Arkansas and Delaware -- are spending the minimum amount recommended by the CDC on these programs in 2004.
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