In US, cigarette smoking reaches new low: study

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2018 (AFP) : Just 13.9 percent of the US
population smokes cigarettes, according to a US government report Tuesday
which said the American smoking rate has reached “the lowest level ever
recorded.”

The findings by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
National Center for Health Statistics refer to adult cigarette smokers in
2017.

A previous CDC report using 2016 data found that 15.5 percent of adults
smoked.

A half century ago, more than 40 percent of adults smoked in the United
States.

Decades of health warnings have boosted public awareness that the addictive
habit can cause lung and many other cancers, resulting in a declining number
of smokers, experts say.

However, large disparities remain, with people living in rural areas still
far more likely to smoke than city-dwellers, said the latest CDC report.

Just 11 percent of adults in a metro area of one million people or more
smoke, compared to nearly 22 percent in rural areas, it said.

People living outside city centers also “had the highest rates of being
obese, having experienced serious psychological distress during the past 30
days, or having diagnosed diabetes,” said the report.

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