Listen to this article US Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Reaches New Historic Low
According to a recent government survey, the rate of cigarette smoking among US adults has reached another all-time low, while the use of electronic cigarettes has increased.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the preliminary findings, which were based on survey responses from over 27,000 adults.
Last year, the percentage of adult smokers in the US dropped to approximately 11%, down from around 12.5% in 2020 and 2021.
The trend of declining smoking rates among US adults over the past few decades continues and experts attribute it to a number of factors, such as cigarette taxes, tobacco product price hikes, smoking bans, and changes in the social acceptability of smoking in public.
In contrast, the use of e-cigarettes has increased. Survey data shows that nearly 6% of adults reported using them in 2021, up from about 4.5% the year before. This trend is concerning to public health experts, who note that nicotine addiction has its own health risks, including high blood pressure and arterial narrowing.
Dr. Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health and a contributor to US Surgeon General reports on smoking and health for almost four decades, expressed concerns that while smoking rates continue to decline, the rise of electronic products may prevent a drop in the prevalence of nicotine addiction. “I think that smoking will continue to ebb downwards, but whether the prevalence of nicotine addiction will drop, given the rise of electronic products, is not clear,” said Samet.
Teen Smoking and Vaping Rates
Smoking and vaping rates among teenagers are almost reversed, according to other CDC data. Only about 2% of high school students smoked traditional cigarettes last year, but around 14% were using e-cigarettes.
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