More People Stubbing Out Butts
Only 15 percent of Americans now smoke, according to new information from the Centers for Disease Control. That’s down two percentage points from 2014, and marks a big drop; the smoking rate usually drops about a percentage point each year.
The numbers come from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey, the government’s annual attempt to take the temperature of the nation.
Any drop in smokers is good news, as the CDC blames smoking for causing almost half-a-million deaths each year.
But the news isn’t all good. As traditional smoking is going away, other CDC studies show the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers is increasing. “We may see 18-, 19- and 20-year olds pick up the habit,” of lighting up, smoking cessation expert Dr. Jonathan Whiteson tells NBC News.
“We’d expect continued declines in smoking, as we’ve seen in the past 50 years. But it’s hard to say what future holds,” the CDC’s Brian King says.