Cig­a­rette use hits all-time low plum­met­ing to 30 per­cent

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Natalie Rah­hal © Daily Mail, Lon­don

Smok­ing is a lead­ing cause of death in the US, and Amer­i­cans are fi­nally get­ting the mes­sage and quit­ting cig­a­rettes.

But even as smok­ing rates have plummeted by 30 per­cent in the last 10 years, to­bacco use of some form has stag­nated with about one in five adults still in­dulging.

In re­cent years, nico­tine e- cig­a­rettes have be­come a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non. Though they were ini­tially mar­keted as quit­ting aids, now even peo­ple who had never smoked - es­pe­cially teenagers - are taking up the trendy de­vices, de­spite clear ev­i­dence that they are harm­ful to health.

In 1965, more than half of men and nearly half of all Amer­i­cans smoked cig­a­rettes. By 2017, only 14 per­cent of Amer­i­cans smoked cig­a­rettes.

It's the low­est pro­por­tion of smok­ers since the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC) started mon­i­tor­ing cig­a­rette use more than 50 years ago.

Even be­tween 2016 and 2017, there was a marked and en­cour­ag­ing 23 per­cent de­cline in 18- to 24- year- olds who smoked, ac­cord­ing to the CDC's data.

Cig­a­rettes con­tain a num­ber of added car­cino­gens - be­sides the chem­i­cals in to­bacco it­self - that make them par­tic­u­larly harm­ful.

Nearly three per­cent of Amer­i­cans now ad­mit to us­ing e- cig­a­rettes. Ex­perts sug­gest e- cig­a­rettes can de­liver an even more po­tent dose of nico­tine to users.

Amer­i­cans are also more likely to be drawn to to­bacco if they are dis­tressed, dis­abled, sin­gle or liv­ing in the South or Mid­west. The lat­est ev­i­dence sug­gests what while a patch or nico­tine gum might be rel­a­tively safe ways to get off the ad­dict­ing sub­stance,

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