Beacon Transcript – Recent reports have shown that the United States cigarette smoking numbers are continuing to decrease as the nation is continuing its fight against tobacco-related health problems.
The CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the numbers of cigarette smokers have dropped as compared to 2005.
The report, which was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday stated the cigarette smoking user numbers have fallen by 8.6 million and will probably continue to drop.
According to the official numbers, in 2015, 15 percent of the adult population smoked cigarettes which marks a decrease from the numbers registered for 2005 when 21 percent of the same age group was reported as smoking.
The drop is even more significant when taking into consideration the fact that a 1.7 percentage point of decrease was marked in between 2014 and 2015 alone.
As the 2014 – 2015 drop was quite significant, it also followed a downwards trend that is believed will continue and actually accentuate with the introduction of new taxes.
According to the CDC, cigarette smoking and other tobacco-based products are believed to be the number 1 preventable cause of death affecting the United States.
Their reports show that tobacco products were linked to about 40 percent registered cases of all cancer types and to 30 percent of the cancer-related deaths.
In an effort to prevent new such cases, the government and authorities are targeting an adult cigarette smoking rate of 12 percent of the population, which was set to be attained by 2020.
The CDC reports that the national progress towards non-smoking is uneven and does not seem to be based on taxes. Although the latter register their highest numbers in the Midwest, the lowest smoking rates have been registered in the West.
Reports show that the habit of smoking is more common amongst men and Native Alaskans or American Indians, whilst it less common and registers its lowest rates amongst Asian people.
The rising trend of vaping, which seems to parallel the drop in cigarette smoking, has taken off in the United States, although researchers are uncertain whether one might have contributed to the other.
As there is no available data that would point to such a contribution, e-cigarettes have been raising their own concerns as they are believed to provide addictive nicotine doses.
Studies also show that almost 60 percent of the adult which use e-cigarettes are also smoking normal ones and that vaping has become an increasing trend amongst young users, habit which is believed will lead to future smoking.
The fall in the number of cigarette smoking has been mostly attributed to two factors, the rise and introduction of cigarette taxes and also campaigns the likes of “The Truth”.
As more non-smoking or stop-smoking campaigns have been released, the Affordable Care Act is also thought to have contributed as it increased the cigarette smokers’ access to cessation programs.
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