They were happy to announce that just 17.8 percent of adults smoke cigarettes and of those who do smoke, fewer are smoking on a daily basis and some are even smoking fewer cigarettes. Smoking not only causes a lot of health problems, it also costs money in a lot of other ways beyond the price of the cigarettes that can drain finances.
This is the lowest percentage reported since 1965. But even with numbers at a record low, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services still has a long climb ahead of them to reach the initiative’s goals, which has adult smokers at no more than twelve percent overall.
The initiative and new findings are important because smoking is the leading cause in premature death in the United States. It is reported that smoking and diseases caused by smoking and second hand smoke kill approximately 480,000 Americans per year.
The survey is an in-person survey of a representative sample of American adults. They considered an adult a current smoker if they had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their life and at the time they were interviewed, stated they smoke everyday or some days.
The data reports the percentage of daily smokers dropped from 80.8 percent of smokers in 2005 to 76.9 percent in 2013. However, that still means that 32.4 million American adults smoke on a daily basis. And of those daily smokers, the data suggests they are smoking less, with the average cigarettes smoked in a day dropping from 16.7 in 2007 to 14.2 in 2013.
The study also produced some surprising profiling of the typical American smoker. Most were mixed ethnic peoples or claimed to be mixed ethnic, more likely to have a GED with no postgraduate degree, and more likely to be living below the poverty level. They also reported that gay, lesbian and bi-sexual adults smoked more, at 26.6 percent, compared to straight adults at 17.6 percent.
Study results did not include cigar smoking or other types of combustible tobacco products.
All the results and the study were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality weekly report on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The results were from surveys conducted in 2013.
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