Cigarette use hits all-time low plummeting to 30 percent
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,