In US, cigarette smoking reaches new low

In US, cigarette smoking reaches new low

For example in 1965, 42 percent of adults in America were smoking cigarettes.

However, large disparities remain, with people living in rural areas still far more likely to smoke than city-dwellers, said the latest CDC report.

As the report notes, even though cigarette smoking among US 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.

These new changes were ordered following U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler's "watershed" ruling that said of tobacco companies, they "violated civil racketeering laws and lied to the American public for decades about the health effects of smoking and their marketing to kids". Cigarette sales and other indicators of smoking are also on the decline he said. The survey shows data from 2017 to 2006, when the adult smoking rate was almost 21 percent. "If you correlate the high tax states, there tends to be lower adult smoking".

And while this is down from 16% in 2016 - and 20% in 2006 - the 2017 figure still translates to roughly 30 million USA adults.

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While Tuesday's survey results showed a decline in smoking among adults, figures from last week show that high school students are smoking less at only 9%, as well as having less sex and using illicit drugs less.

Less credit is given to e-cigarettes, which have been marketed as a means to curb tobacco smoking but pose unknown health risks and attract more nonsmoking youths than adult smokers.

About 14 percent of adults aged 18 and over smoked cigarettes a year ago.

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.

Only 13.9 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2017, down from 16 percent in 2016 and 20.8 percent in 2006. "These findings also show that more people are quitting, and those who continue to smoke are smoking less".

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