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Smoking reaching all-time low with US adults, government report shows

Smoking reaching all-time low with US adults, government report shows

As NBC News reported, approximately 42 percent of adults in the country smoked in the 1960s.

That's down from almost 16 percent in 2016, according to an annual national health survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new figures show it's continuing, according to K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of SC.

The prevalence of current cigarette smoking among adults not living in metropolitan areas was almost double that of adults living in urban areas with populations of 1 million of more (21.5% versus 11.4%).

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

"Paradoxically in the adult smoker, vapor products are sometimes used to plug the gaps when they can't smoke those actually discourage quitting", said Dr. Jackler, a professor of the study of ear, nose and throat diseases at Stanford University. According to the recent CDC report, smoking among American teens is down to 9 percent.

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This report does not take into account the use of e-cigarettes - battery-powered electronic devices that turn nicotine into an aerosol that is then inhaled. In 1964, the Surgeon General released the first government report linking smoking with certain diseases. "While the progress is welcome. much more needs to be done to ensure all Americans benefit from policies created to address tobacco use", said Paul Billings, senior vice president.

The CDC data also show a decline in smoking among younger adults.

Juuling is the latest smoking craze to hit college campuses. The agency said that 27,000 adults were interviewed in 2017.

A federal court ruling has forced tobacco companies Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA to update their websites to include five truths about cigarettes and how they could impact a smoker's health as well as those around them.

Teen smoking rates also declined.as smoking among high school students is down to nine percent which is also a new low.

Only 13.9 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2017, down from 16 percent in 2016 and 20.8 percent in 2006.


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