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Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2009/2010 Update

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Director's Message
Report Highlights
Introduction
Trends-at-a-Glance
Summary Tables
Prevention
Smoking
Clinicians’ Advice to Quit Smoking
Secondhand Smoke
Diet
Weight and Physical Activity
Sun Protection
Environmental Toxins
Early Detection
Breast and Cervical Cancers
Colorectal Cancer
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Bladder, Breast, Colorectal
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Life After Cancer
End of Life
Prevention
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Life After Cancer
End of Life


Summary Table: Prevention – Smoking

Only one measure per topic is displayed in the summary table. A complete set of measures, where they exist, can be found in the report.

Trend key: green - headed in the right direction
  red - headed in the wrong direction
  black - stable or non-significant change (NSC)
  blue - Healthy People 2010 target


  Age at smoking initiation
2002–2008
Youth smoking
1991–2007
Adult smoking
1991–2008
Quitting smoking
1998–2008
Measure Average age of first use of cigarettes, based on responses from people aged 12–17 years who said they had initiated smoking during the past 12 months. Percentage of high school students grades 9–12 who were current users of cigarettes. Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers (both sexes). Percentage of current everyday smokers (aged 18 years and older) who quit smoking for one day or longer during the past 12 months.
Recent summary trend*
Rising
2004–2008
Falling
2003–2007
Falling
2004–2008
Stable
2004–2008
Desired direction
Rising 
Falling 
Falling 
Rising 
Trend details

Rising

Non-significant change, then falling
Falling

Stable

Most recent estimate In 2008, the average age at first use among those aged 12–17 years was 15.1 years. Among high school students in 2007, 20 percent were current cigarette smokers. In 2008, 20.6 percent of adults were current cigarette smokers. In 2008, 41.5 percent of smokers aged 18 years and older stopped smoking for one day or longer because they were trying to quit.
Healthy People 2010 target Increase the average age at first use of cigarettes to 17.6 years of age for the 12–17-year age group. Decrease to 16 percent the proportion of high school students who currently smoke cigarettes. Reduce to 12 percent the proportion of adult current cigarette smokers. Increase to 75 percent the proportion of adult smokers aged 18 years and older who stop smoking for a day or longer because they are trying to quit.
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* Summary trend (generally 5 most recent years) as characterized by the Average Annual Percent Change (AAPC).

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