U.S. Smoking Rate Falls, But 38 Million Still Light Up

From Drugs.com - January 18, 2018

U.S. Smoking Rate Falls, But 38 Million Still Light Up

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 -- The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show.

Cigarette smoking rates among Americans 18 and older fell from nearly 21 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016. Among those who have ever smoked cigarettes, the percentage who have quit rose from just under 51 percent to 59 percent during that time.

The largest increase in quitting was among adults 25 to 44 years old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite the decline in cigarette smoking, however, nearly 38 million adults still smoked cigarettes every day or some days in 2016.

"The good news is that these data are consistent with the declines in adult cigarette smoking that we have seen for several decades," said Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.

"These findings also show that more people are quitting, and those who continue to smoke are smoking less," she said in an agency news release.

The average number of cigarettes smoked a day by daily smokers decreased from about 17 cigarettes in 2005 to 14 in 2016, the CDC reported.

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