WASHINGTON: Smoking in the United States is losing popularity. Health officials announced Thursday that only 14 percent of the population smokes, the lowest level recorded in the country.
According to the 2017 survey by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 34 million Americans are smoking.
14 percent of smokers fall from 15.5 percent in 2016.
The CDC report states that the current rate is 1965 & # 39; s, when the National Health Interview Questionnaire (NHIS) began collecting annual data on smokers said that since the skin pointed to a decline of 67 percent.
CDC Director Robert Redfield, "a new all-time adult smoking among the United States is a low public health success," he said.
The NHIS report also points to a marked decrease in young adult smokers in 2017 compared to a year ago.
In 2016, about 10 percent of Americans aged 18-24 are smoking cigarettes down from 13 percent in 2017.
Meanwhile, e-cigarette use is rising rapidly among young people and US regulators are considering the ban on flavored nicotine used in battery-powered vaping devices.
The CDC said that one in five US (47 million people) still uses a type of tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, hookah pipes or smokeless tobacco, and remains stable over the past few years.
In the United States, smoking is still the most important cause of preventable death and disease and kill about 480,000 Americans every year.
About 16 million Americans suffer from a smoking-related disease.
39 Smoking for over half a century is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, önde said Norman Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute.
Stopping smoking in America will eliminate approximately one third of all cancer deaths over time.