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Who Buys Source

Profiling adults 18+ who used any type of smoking cessation product in the last year:

GfK MRI, 2010

Of those adults 18+ who used any type of smoking cessation product in the last year, 51.7% were women and 48.3% were men.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who used any type of smoking cessation product in the past year, by age group: 18-24, 10.0%; 25-34, 18.8%; 35-44, 21.2%; 45-54, 24.4%; 55-64, 15.5%; 65+, 10.1%.
 

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who tried any type of smoking cessation product in the previous year, by income level: $100,000+, 22.4%; $75-99,999, 11.7%; $50-74,999, 10.5%; $50-59,999, 8.9%; $40-49,999, 10.0%; $30-39,999, 9.3%; $20-29,999, 10.0%; under $20,000, 17.2%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who used any type of smoking cessation product in the past year, by race: White, 79.9%; Black, 11.9%; Other, 8.2%; Hispanic origin, 8.6%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who used any type of smoking cessation product in the last year, by region: Northeast, 21.7%; Midwest, 22.2%; South, 42.2%; West, 13.9%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who tried any type of smoking cessation product in the previous year, by marital status: Single, 26.5%; married, 50.3%; separated/widowed/divorced, 23.2%.

GfK MRI, 2010

As of early-2007, 18.6% of adults aged 18+ were current smokers, down from 20.8% in 2006 and 22.5% in 2002 and 24.7% in 1997. The 2007 figure included 20.4% of men and 16.9% of women, in addition to 20.6% of adults in the 18-44 age range, 20.9% of those 45-64, and 7.5% of those aged 65+.

Centers for Disease Control, 2007

As of early-2007, 20.6% of 18+ non-Hispanic Whites were identified as smokers, compared to 17.6% of non-Hispanic Blacks and 13.7% of Hispanics. Asian-Americans historically have the lowest percentage of smokers, while American Indians have the highest percentage. 

Centers for Disease Control, 2007

When They Buy Source

A survey conducted by GlaxoSmithKline found that New Year's is the most popular time for smokers to try and quit, accounting for 36% of annual attempts at quitting. However, according to the survey, only 11% of New Year's quitters stay off cigarettes for two months or more, and 68% resume smoking in less than one week.

PR Newswire, 2007

Why They Buy Source

According to a 2007 study by the American College of Chest Physicians, former smokers under the age of 65 said their primary reasons for quitting were the cost of cigarettes and tobacco odor, while former smokers 65+ indicated they had quit due to physician pressure or stress created by a major health problem.

Business Wire, 2007

Based on a 2007 study by the American College of Chest Physicians, primary obstacles to smoking cessation among smokers under the age of 65 (multiple answers): Not wanting to give up their first cigarette in the morning, 69%; stress management, 59%; cravings, 44%; concerns of weight gain, 30%; handling social situations, 24%; fear of failure, 15%.

Business Wire, 2007

Studies have shown that a 10% increase in the price of cigarettes reduces consumption by 7% for youth and 4% in adults.

American Lung Association, 2007

How They Buy Source

Approximately 5-16% of individuals are able to quit smoking for at least six months without any type of medicinal aid to help with withdrawal.

Centers for Disease Control, 2007

The nicotine patch, nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges are all available over-the-counter, while nicotine nasal spray and the nicotine inhaler are both available only by prescription.

Centers for Disease Control, 2007

What They Buy Source

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved five types of nicotine replacement therapy: Nicotine patches; nicotine gum; nicotine nasal spray; nicotine inhalers; and nicotine lozenges.

Centers for Disease Control, 2007

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, the most frequently-used types of assistance used by U.S. adults to quit smoking during the previous two years: Support from family and friends 26%; nicotine patches, 16%; prescription pills, 7%; nicotine gum, 7%; nasal sprays, inhalers and lozenges, 4%; books, pamphlets or videos, 4%.

USA Today, 2007

The market share of private label smoking cessation products, as opposed to brand-name offerings, increased from 27.1% in 2002 to 37.6% in 2006.

Facts, Figures & the Future, 2007

A survey conducted by the Mayo Clinic determined that approximately 27% of smokers had tried acupuncture at least once as a way of helping them kick the habit.

The New York Times, 2007

Where They Buy Source

States with the highest percentage of adults 18+ who smoked in 2006: Kentucky, 28.6%; West Virginia, 25.7%; Oklahoma, 25.1%; Mississippi, 25.1%; Alaska, 24.2%; Indiana, 24.1%; Arkansas, 23.7%; Louisiana, 23.4%; Alabama, 23.3%; Missouri, 23.3%.

American Lung Association, 2007

States with the lowest percentage of adults 18+ who smoked in 2006: Utah, 9.8%; California, 14.9%; Idaho, 16.8%; Connecticut, 17.0%; Washington, 17.1%; Hawaii, 17.5%; Maryland, 17.8%; Massachusetts, 17.8%; Colorado, 17.9%; District of Columbia, 17.9%.

American Lung Association, 2007

Based on a 2007 study by The Nielsen Company, Denver is the top major city in per capita spending on over-the-counter anti-smoking products, followed by Portland, Cincinnati, San Antonio and Seattle.

Marketing Daily, 2007

Business Trends Source

Based on Nielsen Strategic Planner data, for the 52-week period ending January 27, 2007, dollar sales of smoking cessation products rose 3.1% to $502.5 million. Sales by category (totals in millions): All gum varieties, $283.4; all patch varieties, $130.9; all lozenge and tablet varieties, $79.6; all others, $8.6.

Facts, Figures & the Future, 2007

Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 440,000 American lives each year. Smoking costs the U.S. more than $167 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity. It is directly responsible for 87% of lung cancer cases and causes most cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

American Lung Association, 2007

According to the National Institutes of Health, 70% of the adult smokers in the U.S. want to quit smoking, and 40% try each year. But less than 5% succeed in any given year.

National Institutes of Health, 2007

As of 2006, six states -- Arizona, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington -- all had cigarette taxes at or above $2.00 per pack.

American Lung Association, 2007

Misc Source

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of July 2007, there were 1,124 city or county ordinances in the U.S. that banned smoking in public places. In 1999, there were only 30.

, 2007

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, seven states and 116 communities passed smoke-free laws in 2006, bringing the total to 22 states and 577 municipalities with some type of smoke-free ordinances in place.

Convenience Store News, 2007