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Many Americans quitting smoking, slimming down

Posted On Wed, January 4, 2012

A recent poll from Thomson Reuters and NPR showed that more Americans are getting their health issues in order.

The Thomson Reuters-NPR Health Poll showed that of the group who noted they were regular smokers, 42 percent made a resolution to stop smoking in the past five years, which more than one-third reported being successful. In addition, nearly 60 percent of respondents who tried to lose weight were successful.

"As the country re-evaluates ways to reduce runaway healthcare spending, it is time for all Americans to be resolved to take better care of themselves and others," said Dr. Raymond Fabius, chief medical officer at the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. "Data demonstrates that the majority of medical costs can be traced back to poor lifestyle issues such as obesity and tobacco use."

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