Smoking at an all Time Low

In 2013,  17.8% of adults smoked cigarettes, down from 20.9% in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported  in the Nov. 28 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

In 1964, the number of cigarettes smoked per year per smoker was about 4,200 but recent studies now indicate that this number is at an all time low of under 1250 cigarettes per smoker, per year.  Now 50 years and more than 24,000,000 deaths later, smoking is at an all time low, reported cdc.gov.

According to gallup.com, one in five adults smoke. This is an all time low in the United States. In 1948, about 83% of adult men smoked and 44% of adult women smoked. Now about 20.1% of adult men smoke and 14.5% of women smoke.

Some factors in the smoking reduction include several public reminders like “The Great American Smokeout ,” a day that the American Cancer Society encourages people that smoke to stop, There is also Red Ribbon Week which is advertised in schools for kids to be drug free, according to cancer.org.

Another factor for the reduction in purchasing of cigarettes is that the U.S. government has been increasing taxes on packages of cigarettes over time. The first tax increase on cigarettes was in 1982, when Congress doubled the 8 cent tax to 16 cents, according to ocregister.com.

Another factor in the reduction of smoking in California’s was the  landmark statewide smokefree law, AB 13, protecting millions of Californians from secondhand smoke exposure. “In January 1995, many of California’s enclosed public places and workplaces went smoke free, and restaurants and bars went 100% smoke free in January 1998,” according to no-smoke.org.

Despite the overall reduction of smoking in the United States, cigarette smoking “remains the chief preventable killer in America, with more than 40 million Americans caught in the web of tobbacco dependence,” wrote Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Executive Summary of “The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress.”