As NBC News reported, approximately 42 percent of adults in the country smoked in the 1960s.
Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday reveals after holding steady for several years, the smoking rate fell from almost 16 percent of adults in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017.
Smoking is at its lowest level ever, but rural residents smoke far more than their city cousins do, according to a federal report released Tuesday. For perspective, 50 years ago, more than 40% of Americans were smokers.
Healthy People 2020, the US government's timeline to achieve specific public health measures, seeks to lower the adult smoking figure to 12 percent.
Decades of health warnings have boosted public awareness that the addictive habit can cause lung and many other cancers, resulting in a declining number of smokers, experts say. According to the recent CDC report, smoking among American teens is down to 9 percent.
Each year there are about seven million deaths occurring worldwide, all linked to tobacco use, with 890,000 of these arising from breathing in second-hand smoke.
E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that simulate the feeling of tobacco smoking by heating liquid nicotine into a vapor.
It was in 1964 that a report was released for the first time that connected several diseases as the direct effects of smoking.
Back then, teenagers were smoking more as well.
Juuling is the latest smoking craze to hit college campuses.
Teen smoking rates also declined.as smoking among high school students is down to nine percent which is also a new low. Even though it doesn't have the by-products of tobacco, health experts still believe that people can get addicted to the nicotine in the e-cigarettes. For this survey 27,000 adults were interviewed.
People not living in metropolitan areas were more likely than those living in both large and small urban areas to be current cigarette smokers.
There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures put that at 3 percent of adults.