Smoking Objective of 'Healthy People 2000' Is Probably Not Attainable

June 1, 1995

WASHINGTON--The US Public Health Service's 10-year plan for improving Americans' health, dubbed Healthy People 2000, will be a disappointment to antismoking forces. The goal--to decrease the number of smokers to only 15% of the population--will not be reached, and it is likely that 20% of Americans will still be smoking by the end of the century. "We're talking about a lot of people who are going to die," said Harold Freeman, MD, chairman of the President's Cancer Panel.

WASHINGTON--The US Public Health Service's 10-year plan for improvingAmericans' health, dubbed Healthy People 2000, will be a disappointmentto antismoking forces. The goal--to decrease the number of smokersto only 15% of the population--will not be reached, and it islikely that 20% of Americans will still be smoking by the endof the century. "We're talking about a lot of people whoare going to die," said Harold Freeman, MD, chairman of thePresident's Cancer Panel.

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