( ENSPIRE NEWS ) US Cigarette Smoking Hit all-time Low Among AdultsUS Cigarette smoking is at an all-time low. Only 15.3% of American adults now light up — down from 16.8% in 2014 and 24.7% in 1997, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday. Americans are butting out because of the high cost of cigarettes and thanks to fewer legal places to smoke, experts said. “Efforts undertaken for the last several years are finally taking effect,” said Dr. Robert Sussman, director of the Atlantic Respiratory Institute in Summit, N.J. “Banning smoking in public places made it less socially acceptable (and) taxes have taken their toll in a good way.” The broad-ranging federal report — based on surveys of 26,000 people — also found:
- 17.3% of men and 13.5% of women smoke.
- The fewest smokers, 8.4%, are among those 65 and older.
- Roughly 17% of adults 18 to 64 smoke.
- Whites smoke more than blacks with 17.7% to 16.9%. Just under 10% of Hispanics smoke.
- Health experts were happy to see that 67.6% of women and 57.9% of men reported that they never smoked.