The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) claimed on Friday that the adult smoking rate in the US dropped to about 16.8 % last year, lower from 17.8 % in 2013, based on a declaration from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK).
The smoking rate has dropped by practically 20 % since 2005, when 20.9 % of the population used to smoke, and by 60 % since 1965, when 42.4 % lighted up.
However the CDC revealed also huge disparities in smoking, with larger rates among people who are living below the poverty level; all those with less education; American Indians and Alaska Natives; citizens of the Midwest. Adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid smoke increased the rates of those with private health insurance or Medicare.
‘It is a positive news for our nation’s health that cigarette use proceeds to decrease, yet there is a lot of work to perform in order to complete the job and guard all Americans’ stated Matthew L. Myers, CTFK’s president. ‘It is not tolerable that tobacco consumption costs us around $170 billion in health care expenses annually.
‘It is also undesirable that we have turn out to be a nation of haves and have-nots in dealing with tobacco consumption, with some populations and communities lagging behind and struggling larger burdens of tobacco-related issues.
‘Our huge advance demonstrates that we fully understand how to win the battle against tobacco products. Confirmed alternatives must be completely executed across the nation, such as larger tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free regulations, well-funded tobacco elimination and cessation plans that consist of mass media advertisements, and detailed, barrier-free health insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatments.’