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California will be only state to meet government target on smoking

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7556.1470-d (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1470
  1. DC Bob Roehr
  1. Washington

    California is likely to be the only US state that will meet government targets on smoking cessation published in 2000, a conference heard last week.

    In its document Healthy People 2010 the US Department of Health and Human Services said it wanted to see the percentage of smokers in the population reduced to 12% or less among adults and to 16% or less among young people. The current estimates are 21% and 22% respectively.

    California was going to meet the target because of its ban on smoking in public and aggressive education and intervention campaigns, said Frederic Blow, a mental illness researcher at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center, Michigan, …

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