Only 4 states show progress in residents’ attempts to quit smoking

Just four states had an increased prevalence of people trying to quit smoking between 2011 and 2017, according to CDC data reported by STAT.

Quit attempts decreased in two states, New York and Tennessee, and did not change significantly in the other 44 states. Overall, at least six in 10 smokers in most states said they tried to quit in 2017.

The CDC based its data on the 2011-2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. The BRFSS conducts annual state-based telephone surveys of randomly selected, representative samples of U.S. adults 18 and older.  

To increase quit attempts, the CDC recommended increasing proven smoking interventions, such as tobacco price increases and mass media campaigns.

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