Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 22, 2018

Smoking rates among USA adults have hit an all-time low, new estimates say.

Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday reveals after holding steady for several years, the smoking rate fell from almost 16 percent of adults in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017.

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 Medical University of SC.

In rural areas, more than 21 percent of adults smoke compared to about 11 percent of those living in urban areas.

Half a century ago, more than 40 percent of older people smoked in this country, where almost half a million die each year from smoking-related diseases, the study noted.

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".

Juuling is the latest smoking craze to hit college campuses.

"Many adults believe, erroneously, that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are as harmful as combustible tobacco products, and the level of public understanding has deteriorated over time", the ACS said in its public health statement. In 1964, the Surgeon General released the first government report linking smoking with certain diseases. The campaigns included cigarette taxes, smoking bans in public places as well as educational drives. "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.

According to CDC data from 2016, 3.2% of US adults used e-cigarettes. About 27,000 adults were interviewed a year ago.

While e-cigarettes have been promoted to help smokers quit smoking, the different flavors offered are often luring in youngsters into vaping.

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