Smoking in the USA is at an all-time low

Via Dimarik16

Via Dimarik16

In the 1960s, at least 42 percent of Americans were smokers as it was very common for people to smoke in various places, including restaurants, hospitals, and office buildings.

That's also down from the previous year's 16%.

As the report notes, even though cigarette smoking among USA adults has been reduced by more than half since 1964, it still remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the country, taking the lives of more than 480,000 Americans each year with over 30 people living with a smoking-related disease for every person who dies a year.

Even though that still totals to more than 30 million adult smokers in the USA, the slight decrease shows a trend that fewer people are picking up or continuing the habit.

The report covers data from 2006 to 2017 and mentions than in 2006, 21 percent of the adult population were smoking cigarettes.

In October, the Truth Initiative released a report titled "Tobacco Nation" about how variations in state laws on cigarettes affect smoking.

Decreasing smoking rates in the country has been lauded as one of the most successful public health campaigns.

The decline in smoking rates shows a positive improvement and great step toward continuing to reduce smoking-related deaths and illnesses.

New all time in adult smoking rate in U.S. as ecig effect takes hold.

There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures put that at 3 percent of adults.

Just 11 per cent of adults in a metro area of one million people or more smoke, compared to almost 22 per cent in rural areas, it said.

The amount of teenagers smoking in 2017 was also at an all-time low of 9 percent, the CDC said. The agency said that 27,000 adults were interviewed in 2017.

Public health researchers fear these trends will be reversed with less regulation of e-cigarettes, which can offer flavors that are banned for conventional cigarettes and can be used in places where cigarettes aren't allowed.

People not living in metropolitan areas were more likely than those living in both large and small urban areas to be current cigarette smokers.

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