Smoking on the Decline in United States

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Smoking is on the decline in the United States according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the National Health Interview Survey, done by the Center for Disease and Prevention, the number of smokers here in the United States has almost cut itself in half since the organization launched the survey on smokers in 1965. The study shows that since 1965, the number of people in the United States that are smokers has been on a continuous decline since it began many decades ago.

According to the survey, the number of people who smoke in the United States was over 45 million in 2005 but has now dropped to a little over 42 million in 2013. This is a huge difference, say officials, especially since the population in the United States is continuously growing. In 2013, the percentage of the American people who smoke was at 17.8 percent, whereas, in 2005, the percentage of people who smoke in the United States was 20.9. These numbers only include adults over the age of 18, not teenagers or children that smoke.

These studies prove that men are more likely to smoke than women. According to the survey done by the CDC, 20.5 percent of men are smokers, while only 15.8 of women are smokers. The greatest percentage of smokers lies in the age range of individuals between 25 to 44 years of age (21.6 percent), with individuals between the ages of 45 to 64 coming in close behind it at 19.5 percent.

It is a good thing that the numbers of people smoking in the United States is on the decline, says the Center for Disease and Control, because smoking causes over 480,000 deaths in the United States each year. This averages out to be approximately one in five deaths being caused by smoking. They say that smoking alone kills more people than alcohol, drugs, vehicle accidents, firearm-related injuries, and HIV related deaths combined. Lighting up is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States.

Smoking has been linked to many other health related issues, including, a greater chance of an individual having a stroke, coronary heart disease, and cancer. Smoking has also been connected to other life related issues, such as, missed work, poor exercise and eating habits, and increased costs for health insurance and doctor visits.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are on a mission to see to it that the number of smokers continues to decline, with hopes that by the year 2020, the ratio of smokers will decline by another 12 percent. According to Brian King, a key adviser with the Center for Disease and Control’s smoking and health division, if people are able to quit smoking by the time they reach age 40, they will regain around 10 years of life that smoking had originally took from them.

With smoking on the decline in the United States, officials and researchers are even more geared toward campaigns and efforts to further combat the problem. With the number of adult smokers on the decline, hopefully there will be fewer children and teenagers who chose to pick up the deadly habit.

By Kelli Patterson

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