Disappearing in a puff of smoke?
Well, not quite yet, but there is some good news on the smoking front: the number of Americans smoking decreased between 2005 and 2010. According to the CDC’s MMWR (Morbitiy & Mortality Weekly Report) released yesterday, the percentage of adult American smokers decreased from 20.9% to 19.3%. This is equal to about 3 million less smokers! The bad news though is that the South (21%) and the Midwest (21.8%) have a greater percentage of their population who still smoke. The graphic below from the MMWR report shows a breakdown by state:
Smoking is one of many different risk factors for heart attacks and strokes-some well known, others you probably haven’t heard about. At Cornerstone we go above and beyond when it comes to heart attack and stroke prevention–just one aspect of the out of the ordinary care we provide to help our patients build their optimal health. Call us or come in to find our more about our practice.