X

Cigarette Smoking Is at a Record Low in the US

But use of other tobacco products, such as e-cigs, is still prevalent
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2018 4:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Can you spare a cigarette? Statistically, the answer is increasingly no. New government data show that the number of adults in the US who smoke cigarettes is at the lowest level ever, CBS reports, with 14% (34 million) saying in 2017 that they smoke cigarettes every day or some days. That’s 1.5% lower than 2016. But that’s for cigarette smoking only. The data show that some 20% of US adults overall still use some kind of nicotine product, which includes cigarettes, as well as cigars, e-cigarettes (increasingly popular with younger people), chewing tobacco, and so on, per USA Today, which notes that cigarette smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the US, contributing to about 480,000 deaths annually. Among groups with the highest use of any tobacco product are people with a GED (42.6%); people with no health insurance (31%); and people with an annual income of less than $35,000 (26%), according to the CDC. (The maker of Marlboro will stop selling most of its flavored e-cig products.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X