Public Health Officials Mark 20th Anniversary of California Anti-Smoking Campaign

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Smoking rates continue to decline in California and state officials say it may be due, in part, to the recession.   The announcement comes today (Tuesday 4.7) as the state celebrates it’s 20 year effort to curb tobacco use.

Officials say smoking among adults has decreased in California by more than 40-percent over the past 20 years. The Department of Public Health says about 13-percent of California adults now smoke.  In 1988, voters approved funds for a statewide anti-smoking campaign.  California Department of Public Health Director, Doctor Mark Horton says laws banning smoking in many public places are encouraging people to kick the habit, but he says more needs to be done…  
“We think we can reduce tobacco use even further, we think we can prevent more youth from picking up the habit and we think we can reduce per capita consumption of cigarettes, and reduce the health toll…”
Horton says calls to the state’s 1-800-quit-butts line are up 25-percent over this time last year.  He says that’s because there’s more awareness and the economic downturn is making cigarette smoking too expensive for some people.  SOC