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UNITED STATES

Cigarette smoking at all-time low

18 Nov 2019. Cigarette smoking among US adults is down to an all-time low of 13.7 per cent, whereas use of e-cigarettes has increased, according to a study by the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its annual study which found that around 49.1 million or 19.7 per cent of US adults used a tobacco product in 2018.

For the survey, the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) analysed data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey and found that conventional cigarettes remain the most used product among US adults at 13.7 per cent. This number represents an all-time low and is a decline of approximately two-thirds in the more than 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report warned of the health consequences of smoking, the CDC press release reports.

“This marked decline in cigarette smoking is the achievement of a consistent and coordinated effort by the public health community and our many partners,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Yet, our work is far from over. The health benefits of quitting smoking are significant, and we are committed to educating Americans about the steps they can take to become tobacco-free.”

Use of e-cigarettes increased from 2.8 per cent to 3.2 per cent during 2017 – 2018 which is a reversal of the decline that was observed among adults during 2014 – 2017.