Twenty percent of U.S. adults say they smoked a cigarette in the past week, tying the all-time low in Gallup trends since 1944. Recent declines in smoking are steepest among young adults, those aged 18 to 29, and those in the East.
Physicians must continue to emphasize the importance and power of personal responsibility in patients’ health outcomes. Over the past century, public health interventions have effectively reduced and, in some cases, eliminated illness and death. We must use education and preventive medicine measures to go further – to curb the need for the complex treatment required once a preventable condition develops. Each occurrence of preventable chronic disease is costly to Texas’ government and businesses, to our economy, and to our people.