Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Smoking Rates In U.S. Hit All-Time Low, CDC Says

Smoking Rates In U.S. Hit All-Time Low, CDC Says

In 1965, 42 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes, according to CDC data.

Smoking is at an all-time low for US adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

"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", said K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at the Medical University of SC.

A half century ago, more than 40 per cent of adults smoked in the United States.

In 2017, 14% of USA adults reported that they were smokers, according to the NCHS's National Health Interview Survey.

The DH appeals to smokers to quit smoking as early as possible for their own health and that of others.

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

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

It was in 1964 that a report was released for the first time that connected several diseases as the direct effects of smoking.

A public health statement issued by the ACS June 11 notes combustible cigarettes account for roughly, "98 percent of all tobacco-related deaths." . "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 companies must also describe five topics including the health risks, lack of any health benefits, and possible addictiveness to nicotine from smoking low-tar cigarettes.

According to The Hill, federal officials are now trying to find ways to regulate the use of e-cigarettes before they become the most appealing smoking option out there, especially with teens who may like the variety of flavors. About 27,000 adults were interviewed previous year.

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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