Only 14% of adults in the U.S. reported smoking a cigarette within the last 30 days — the lowest share in history — according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The big picture: Smoking’s decline has been slow and steady — as 67% of American adults smoked in 1965 and just 15.5% did so last year. But about 47 million Americans are still using some type of tobacco product, like e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.
By the numbers:
- About 10% of young adults aged 18 to 24 smoked cigarettes in 2017, down from 13% in 2016.
- 2.8% of Americans reported using e-cigarettes within the last 30 days, making them the third-most used tobacco product. Cigars, cigarillos or filtered little cigars were the second-most used product behind cigarettes — used by 3.8% of adults.
Be smart: There is no way to tell if the decline in cigarette use correlates to the increase in e-cigarette use, even when tobacco companies tout vapes are an alternative to smoking, The Verge reports.
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