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Cigarette smoking in U.S. reaches all-time low

Cigarette smoking in U.S. reaches all-time low

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Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Cigarette smoking has reached an all-time low among U.S. adults -- 14 percent -- according to new data released by the U.S. government. Experts and researchers say the new data is proof that efforts to decrease the rates of smoking in the United States have been successful, but they say there is still much more work to be done. An estimated 34 million adults in the United States smoked cigarettes either every day or some days in 2017, which is down from 15.5 percent of adults in 2016 and 67 percent fewer since 1965, according to data released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute. The most dramatic cigarette usage decline was among adults aged 18 to 24 years -- 10.4 ...
Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

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At least two-thirds of those who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if only temporarily, research suggests. Data from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand found 60.3% of people had tried smoking and an estimated 68.9% of those progressed to a daily habit. The study's authors said the research showed the "remarkable hold" cigarettes could establish after one experience.They said it confirmed the importance of stopping cigarette experimentation.Why young people are now less likely to smokeQuit smoking campaign backs e-cigs'Right track'The meta-analysis, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, was based on 215,000 respondents to eight surveys between 2000 and 2016 contained in the Global Health Data Exchange.Lead researcher Prof Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary ...