People with disabilities smoke at a higher rate than those without
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 22, 2007
Smoking rates among people with disabilities are nearly 50% higher than among those without a disability (29.9% versus 19.8%), according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2004, smoking prevalence among people with disabilities was highest in Delaware (39.4%) and lowest in Puerto Rico (16.5%). About 70% of these smokers who had visited a doctor in the last year had been advised to quit. But more than 40% of those so advised reported not being told about the types of tobacco cessation treatment available.
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