The percentage of adults who smoke cigarettes has declined to the lowest point on record according to a new survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In data compiled through 2017, approximately 14 percent (roughly 30 million) adults smoke, the CDC claims. The rate was 15.5 percent in 2016. By way of comparison, more than 40 percent of U.S. adults were cigarette smokers in the 1960s.
Possible explanations for the apparent downtrend in popularity of traditional tobacco products may include the following: anti-smoking advertising and related health warnings, smoking bans, cigarette taxation, and the increased adoption of vaping.
The latest CDC findings were derived from a national health survey of about 27,000 adults.