Cigarette smoking rates are plunging in the US, but there’s a major catch

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Cigarette smoking rates have reached the lowest levels ever recorded among US adults.
But despite the drop in cigarette use, 1 in 5 US adults still use tobacco products.
This, according to the report, is likely due to the increase in tobacco-use products on the market, including e-cigarettes like the Juul.

Cigarette smoking has reached a record low in the United States, but we shouldn’t be celebrating just yet.

According to pooled data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI), an estimated 14% of US adults identified as current cigarette smokers in 2017. This a slight decrease from the 15.5% rate in 2016, but a significant drop from the 45% of smokers in 1956, according to Smithsonian Magazine.

“This new all-time low in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment – and it demonstrates the importance of continued proven strategies to reduce smoking,” CDC director Robert Redfield said in a statement released Thursday.

Though this is certainly significant news — cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the CDC — Americans are not completely in the clear. As the new data notes, 1 in 5 US adults still use tobacco products.

As Redfield noted, “Work remains to reduce the harmful health effects of tobacco use.”

The popularity of e-cigarettes like the Juul contributes to the numbers

According to the report, e-cigarettes are the third most popular tobacco products among US adults, with 2.8% using them daily (cigarettes are the most popular at 14%, and cigars are second). Although that may not seem like a lot, their popularity doesn’t show signs of slowing down.

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Source:: Business Insider


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