As a result of these and other efforts, during 1963-2002, per capita
daily consumption of cigarettes among adults aged ≥18 years declined from
4,345 cigarettes to 1,979, the lowest figure recorded since 1941.1,2 Current smokers in the United
States are now outnumbered by former smokers. However, despite this progress,
smoking remains the foremost preventable cause of death in the United States.
Each year approximately 440,000 persons die from illnesses attributed to smoking.3 To reduce the number of illnesses and deaths caused
by tobacco smoke, public health leaders continue to advocate adoption of proven
interventions that protect persons from smoking.