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article imageAdult cigarette smoking declines in U.S.

By Tim Sandle     Dec 2, 2014 in Health
Atlanta - The U.S. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking rate for U.S. adults fell from around 21 percent (in 2005) to around 18 percent in 2013.
The current rate of adult smoking – now less than one-in-five – stands at the lowest level since the CDC began keeping records, back in 1965. The latest information came from the CDC’s Nation Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
In terms of actual numbers, cigarette smokers fell from 45.1 million in 2005 (20.9 percent of the population) to 42.1 million in 2013 (17.8 percent of the population.) This is also during a time when the overall population in the U.S. increased.
Commenting on the latest results, Tim McAfee director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health said: “There is encouraging news in this study, but we still have much more work to do to help people quit. We can bring down cigarette smoking rates much further, much faster, if strategies proven to work are put in place like funding tobacco control programs at the CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.”
Despite the fall, further analysis of the statistics shows that cigarette smoking remains high among certain groups. Most notably people below the poverty level and those who have less education are among those most likely to smoke. Such information on smaller groups best allows health agencies to target anti-smoking campaigns.
As a comparison, in the U.K. the Daily Mail reports that smoking has decreased to a similar level, with the rate standing below one in five adults. Back in 1962, 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women smoked.
The figures do not show the proportion of the population using e-cigarettes. These vapor devices are growing in popularity, despite uncertainty about the health risks.
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