Published: Nov 25, 2011 4:08 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont public health officials say the state's smoking cessation programs are paying off.
Vermont Public Radio reports ( ) that a new study from the Vermont Department of Health shows that 15 percent of adults smoked cigarettes in 2010, compared to 17 percent in 2009.
Yvonne Zietlow from the department says the percentage drop may sound small but it amounts to thousands of people. She said the state probably has 25,000 fewer smokers than it did a decade ago, before the state implemented an aggressive campaign to reduce smoking.
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