As per the new data released by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking of cigarettes has gone down to its lowest point ever in the recorded history. According to the CDC, an estimated 14 percent of adults in the U.S. smoked cigarettes in the year 2017. The figure was down from 15.5 percent in 2016. This level of historic low shows a 67 percent decline from the year 1965. That was the time from when the National Health Interview Survey began to track the figure and 42.4 percent of the adults were involved in cigarette smoking. The fresh data goes to show exactly how successful the public health efforts have been for the last few decades.
A deputy director in the office of CDC on smoking and health, Brian King said that the declines the agency managed to see in the year 2017 for smoking among adults were completely unprecedented in nature. Through this, he looked to caution against making consideration related to the data on overall public health win. The initiatives through price rise of tobacco, educating consumers on the dangers associated with smoking and also efforts to help people quit smoking are the major driving forces behind the decline. He said that fewer numbers of young people are currently smoking. People who belong to the older category, they are dying and the rest are quitting their habits.CDC says that while adding up other categories like e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, 19.3 percent of adults made use of some kind of tobacco products in the year 2017.
CDC has issued orders to five manufacturers, named Juul, British American Tobacco’s Vuse, Altria’s MarkTen, Imperial Brands’ Blu E-cigs, and Japan Tobacco’s Logic. The order is for them to submit plans within 60 days on reducing the use of these products by teens. As per the FDA, the five companies represent around 97 percent of the market for e-cigarettes. Brian King is worried that young adults are making use of these products a lot more than the older people. Though, it is highly unlikely that they will smoke conventional cigarettes. CDC said that last year saw, those aged between 18 and 24, 5.2 percent made use of e-cigarettes and 10.4 percent smoked cigarettes.