Minneapolis and St. Paul have shown a sharp decline in the number of smokers over the last three decades.
Research released by the University of Minnesota in November of this year suggests that Minnesotan's are not only quitting, but fewer people are choosing to smoke in the first place.
"The magnitude of the decrease was a little larger than expected," study lead author Kristian Filion, a postdoctoral associate in the division of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, told Health Day News, "but the bigger surprise was that, among those people who continued to smoke, they decreased their cigarette consumption."
The study surveyed residents of the Twin Cities six times from 1980 to 2009. Each time 3,000 to 6,000 people participated.
Quit smoking trends can also be seen on a national level having dropped from 33 percent in 1980 to 15.5 percent in 2009. According to the government Progress Report, in 2008, 8.6 percent of current smokers in the United States, aged 25 years and older successfully quit smoking during the past 12 months (8.6 percent for men, 8.7 percent for women).
Those who chose to quit smoking benifit from lower rates of heart failure. Over a 12 year study, 20 percent of people who have never smoke deveopled heart failure while 29 percent of former heavy smokers do.
"I don't see that many people who smoke these days," Jeffrey S. Borer, M.D., chair, department of medicine and of cardiovascular medicine, at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center said, "over the last couple of decades the tremendous emphasis on the dangers of smoking has gradually permeated our society and while there are certainly people who continue to smoke and have been smoking for years and begin now, for a variety of reasons I think that smoking is decreasing."