NEW YORK — Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low.
There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new figures show it's continuing, said K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina.
"Everything is pointed in the right direction," including falling cigarette sales and other indicators, Cummings said.
The new figures released Tuesday mean there are still more than 30 million adult smokers in the U.S., he added.
Teens are also shunning cigarettes. Survey results out last week showed smoking among high school students was down to 9
In the early 1960s, roughly 42
Anti-smoking campaigns, cigarette taxes and smoking bans are combining to bring down adult smoking rates, experts say.
The launch of electronic cigarettes and their growing popularity has also likely played a role. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into a
There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures put that at 3
Vaping is more common among teens than adults. About 13
The findings on adult smokers come from a national health survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 27,000 adults were interviewed last year.
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Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press