Newly released numbers on the rate of smoking in the United States have been released and many are surprised to find that smoking amongst American adults continues to drop. Currently, only around 15% of adults now say they smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes.
This number is 2% lower than last year and 3% lower than 2013—which is significant considering the U.S. spent a decade trying to curb smoking rates with no success before ramping up its anti-smoking campaign in 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is contributing the decline to higher taxes on tobacco products, tougher laws against smoking and more stringent anti-smoking campaigns. Director of the CDC’s North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York, Patricia Folan says there have even been instances of long-term heavy smokers quitting in recent years due to bans on indoor smoking.
According to Folan, she hears smokers all the time saying, “When I can’t smoke here, I can’t smoke there, when people see me smoke they look at me like I’m a pariah – it makes me want to not smoke anymore.”
All of these numbers come from the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) which is performed by the CDC. The NHIS began as a way to track health issues in the American public in 1957.
Decreased Smoking Data
Just how much has the smoking rate decreased in recent years? Here are some stats to give you a better picture:
- Since 1965, the rate of adults smoking has decreased 27%.
- From 2004-2009, smoking rates didn’t decline and stayed at roughly 20%. Failure to see progress made anti-smoking proponents concerned that this hard-core smoking group could not be reached.
- 17 percent of males smoke compared to 13 percent of women.
- The real difference for getting numbers to start dropping again was graphic anti-smoking ads. (Smokers don’t enjoy seeing graphic images of what smoking could do to their bodies.)
According to the director of the American Lung Association’s national policy, Thomas Carr, U.S. smoking rates could drop even further with the pending regulation of other nicotine delivery devices such as smokeless e-cigarettes. Carr states, however, that much more research will have to be conducted first to know just how much of a role these devices could play on the reduction of smoking rates.
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