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Are you a smoker? Do you have smoking friends? Did anybody in your smoking entourage quit smoking recently? Well, you and your friends should be aware that smoking is going down in America, and it is dropping like a comet at full speed. Public health has a new thing to be proud about: the U.S. adult smoking rate has reached an all-time low, many people having dropped smoking completely.
The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are giving us the good news via findings from their new survey: only 15.2% of adults in America are now smoking, a percentage that dropped by 2 since it was last analyzed back in 2014. This proves that America is a country that can give up its smoking habits and within the next few years, we might be a lot healthier than expected.
However, it is better that we have a modest approach and not get too excited in short time. The data that has been gathered is only preliminary as it shows figures gathered in between January and March this year. The study involved the analysis of responses given to the National Health Interview Survey, which is widely considered to be one of the most effective public healthcare measuring instruments that we have to date.
The majority of people have quit smoking in January, as a result of their New Year’s resolution, but still, temptation comes lurking around again and people pick up smoking again within the next months. However, many respondents assured that they have given up smoking and that they will surely not come back to it.
The only issue with the survey is that it gathered information about these first three months of the year specifically, so things might change a little by the end of the year. We prefer to remain confident, however. If the American people have demonstrated that they can do it, we find it appropriate that we should encourage them to keep it up.
There is also another factor that we should be taking into consideration: e-cigarettes. There is a high probability that people who have declared that they do not smoke cigarettes anymore have now switched to the electronic version. While there is still a lot of debate revolving around e-cigarettes and whether they cause harm or not, there have been studies suggesting that they are less harmful and they help smokers make a casual transition to something a little lighter.
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