The smoking rate has declined to 16.8% in 2014 compared to 20.9% in 2005.
The smoking rate in U.S. adult has declined sharply and reached to its all-time lowest levels in more than 50 years.
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According to the latest report by Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the smoking rate has declined to 16.8 percent in 2014 compared to 20.9 percent in 2005. In 1965, around 42.4 million American adults were smoking tobacco.
Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of deaths in United States, which results in around 480,000 premature deaths as well as wasting billions of dollars on healthcare expenditures. According to CDC, the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than nonsmokers.
The significant decline in smoking among adults shows remarkable progress towards achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal, which aims to cut smoking rate to 12 percent or lower. The report indicates people are straying away from smoking and more progress is possible.
Though tobacco smoking has been reduced, the use of tobacco products like e-cigarettes and hookahs has been increased among youth and adults over the past decade or so, which also concerns health officials.
Among current smokers, the number of daily smokers has been decreased from 36.4 million to 30.7 million while the number of occasional smokers has increased from 8.7 million to 9.3 million.
Brian King, deputy director for research translation, CDC office on smoking and health explains the factors which helped achieve the target.
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“Comprehensive smoke-free laws, higher prices for tobacco products, high-impact mass media campaigns and barrier free access to quitting help are all important. They work to reduce the enormous health and financial burden of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among Americans.”