U.S. Smoking Rate Reaches All-Time Low

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Smoking bans, increased prices, and a lack of social acceptability are among reasons for the decline in traditional tobacco use

By Physician’s Briefing Staff HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Fewer U.S. adults are smoking cigarettes, as rates dropped again last year, according to federal health officials.

In all, one in nine American adults smoked cigarettes last year, an all-time low and a significant change from the 1960s when 42 percent smoked. The results were not all positive, the Associated Press reported, as vaping rose to about one in 17 adults. For 2022, use of electronic cigarettes was about 6 percent compared with 4.5 percent the year before.

These preliminary findings are from a survey of more than 27,000 adults by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings are sometimes revised after further analysis.

“I think that smoking will continue to ebb downwards, but whether the prevalence of nicotine addiction will drop, given the rise of electronic products, is not clear,” Jonathan Samet, M.D., dean of the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora, told the AP. For nearly 40 years, Samet has been a contributing author to the U.S. Surgeon General reports on smoking and health.

The preliminary findings for 2022 pegged the percentage of adult smokers in the United States at 11 percent, down from about 12.5 percent the year before, the AP reported. While more adults smoke cigarettes than vape, the opposite is true for minors. About 14 percent of high schoolers used e-cigarettes last year compared with about 2 percent who smoked traditional cigarettes, according to CDC data.

Taxes, increased prices, and smoking bans are among the reasons for lowered rates of smoking, according to the AP. Smoking is also not as socially acceptable as in the past.

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