New data suggests that the number of adult smokers in the US is at an all-time low. But there is more to the data than the headline.
CBS News says that, “despite the progress, health officials say too many Americans are still using tobacco products.
According to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI), an estimated 14 percent of U.S. adults — about 34 million people— reported smoking cigarettes “every day” or “some days” when they were surveyed in 2017. That’s down from 15.5 percent in 2016. The figure has declined a whopping 67 percent since 1965.
However, the latest data showed that about 47 million, or 1 in 5, Americans still use a variety of tobacco products, including, which are increasingly popular among young people.”
I am actually surprised this number is still so high. 34 million people in this country still smoke!?