The CDC has announced, cigarette smoking in the U.S. just hit its all-time low. (Or, at least, its lowest mark since they started collecting the data in 1965.)
In 2018, 13.7% of adults smoked one or more cigarettes. That’s down around 2/3 since 1965, when 42.4% of Americans smoked and down about half since 1990, when it was 25.5%.
Last year, 3.9% of adults smoked cigars and 3.2% smoked e-cigarettes. The study also found that cigarette smokers are more likely to try to quit today than in the past and they’re more successful.
It’s interesting to think about the fact that just a few years ago it was the normal experience to be asked if you wanted to sit in the smoking or non-smoking section separated by a small wall in a restaurant. If you heard the option now would you be shocked?