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Smoking Progress Flatlines in U.S. as 21% of Adults Still Puff

A decades-long decline in smoking rates leveled off in 2005 and has changed little ever since, according to a government study that calls for more funding for anti-smoking programs.

About 21 percent of adults identified themselves as smokers in 2009 -- the latest year of data -- the same level as in 2005, said the report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The estimates were determined from interviews and telephone surveys of tens of thousands of adults.