CDC says smoking in US has reached all-time low

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recently smoking in the U.S. has reached an all-time low.

According to the CDC, 14 percent of adults were smokers last year, down from 16 percent in 2016.

Dr. Anessa Alappatt from Premier Physician Network sat down with Mark Allan to discuss the findings.

The study shows teens are also shunning cigarettes. Survey results out last week showed smoking among high school students was down to nine percent, also a new low.

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 vapor without the harmful by-products generated from burning tobacco. That makes them a potentially useful tool to help smokers quit, but some public health experts worry it also creates a new way for people to get addicted to nicotine.

There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures put that at 3 percent of adults.

You can read more about the survey on the CDC website.

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