New statistics about smokers who can't kick the habit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

New statistics about smokers who can't kick the habit

The government has released new statistics on the number of Americans who try to quit smoking and often fail.  The CDC report says more than two-thirds of the people, who smoke in America, say they want to quit completely. However, out of those, who tried to quit last year, just six percent were successful. The report suggests that African Americans have the lowest success rate in quitting, but the report indicates that could be because African Americans are far more likely to buy menthol cigarettes than the general population.

Dr. Tim McAfee, from the CDC office on smoking and health, said "The scientific advisory council for the FDA found that. They think there's evidence that menthol makes it harder to quit."

In recent weeks, the FDA has sent more than 1,200 letters to retailers.  They are warning them that it's against the law to sell to minors, and that their business could face trouble if their clerks fail to get proof of age from customers buying cigarettes. That's because it's harder to quit- the earlier you start. The CDC says the vast majority of adult smokers picked up the habit as teenagers.

If you want to take that first step to breaking free of tobacco, there is a hotline number you can call for help. It's 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or you can visit

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