Smoking Rates

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A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prvention finds fewer Americans are smokers.

Last year only 20-point-nine percent described themselves as regular puffers, down from 21-point-six percent in 2003 and 22-point-five percent in 2002.

Doctor Corinne Husten, acting director of the C-D-C's Office on Smoking and Health, says increased cigarette taxes, workplace smoking bans and state-based prevention efforts are the main reasons for the decline.

Despite the achievement, officials say it appears increasingly unlikely the nation will reach the public health goal of reducing the smoking rate to 12 percent by 2010.