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CDC: Smoking Rates Hit Record Lows

CDC: Smoking Rates Hit Record Lows”

Just 13.9% of US adults lit up in 2017, down from 15.5% a year before, according to a survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of SC said that there has been a consisted decline in the numbers for the past few years.

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

But 21.5 percent of adults in areas with a population of fewer than 50,000 people were smokers, compared to 11.4 percent of people in metropolitan areas with a population of 1 million or more.

Researchers announced Tuesday the amount of adults smoking cigarettes in the USA has reached its lowest point since the first statistics were released in 1965. Since then, thorough research to gain more insight that links smoking to health dangers such as cancer, emphysema, lung disease and heart disease, to name a few, has made great strides in providing more education and awareness to the risks of the unsafe habit, coinciding with the decline in smoking being reported.

The rate of smoking used to be much higher.

Decreasing smoking rates in the country has been lauded as one of the most successful public health campaigns. Unlike cigarettes that burn tobacco, the electronic smoking device heats liquid nicotine into a vapor.

In October, the Truth Initiative released a report titled "Tobacco Nation" about how variations in state laws on cigarettes affect smoking.

Smoking is also on the decline among kids and teenagers.

According to the specialized source, the referred indicator was 13.9 percent past year after the previous record of 15.5 percent.

There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures put that at 3 percent of adults. Survey results out last week showed smoking among high school students was down to 9 percent, also a new low. "These findings also show that more people are quitting, and those who continue to smoke are smoking less".

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