In 2015, studies recorded the most impressive decay in adult smoking rates. It seems that last year only 15% of the adult population in the US was still smoking.
The rate dropped two percents since 2014 when 17% of the adults questioned declared they were smokers.
The smoking trend had been continuously under decline, but last year the drop was impressive. The last time the decrease was so high was in 1992 when the rate came down with 1.5 percentages.
The report follows a national survey concerning significant trends related to health issues. In separate topics, sugar and fat industries had also been taken into consideration.
Statistics show that smoking is the national leading cause of illnesses that can be prevented. Almost 480,000 deaths each year are provoked by cigarettes. Historically speaking, the number of male smokers was always higher than the number of women smokers.
It is thought that 50 years ago almost 42% of the US adults were smoking. The behavior was common everywhere, from offices to airplanes and hospitals. By 1997, the rate went down to less than 25%.
The overall decrease in smoking was connected to the fact that people started to acknowledge the risks for cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses.
The reason for this more recent and drastic drop is not yet clear. Scientists presume that it was the outcome of anti-smoking campaigns, of the increased prices in cigarettes and smoking restrictions.
Another factor involved may have been the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes. It’s still unclear whether this trend will help smokers quit or it will convince other non-smokers to start smoking.
Electronic cigarettes are less expensive than the traditional ones and do not contain tar. Nonetheless, scientists say that they too can have adverse effects on health, even though the studies so far are not conclusive.
Some surveys show that many teenagers use the electronic cigarettes. Even if it’s less harmful, the nicotine dependence is still activated. It is, therefore, possible that these teens will take up smoking with real cigarettes after reaching adulthood.
This may not be a relevant factor for long, as regulators intent to apply to electronic cigarettes the same rules that are respected by more traditional tobacco products.
Today, more than 65% women from the US declare they have never smoked. A 58% of men reported the same thing.
Smoking is one of the causes of many chronic diseases, ranging from bronchitis to diabetes.
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