Why Cigarette Usage Is At Record Lows And Dropping

March 26, 2015 1:48 PM

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Why Cigarette Usage Is At Record Lows And Dropping

Cigarettes used to be everywhere in American society. Fifty years ago, 42.4 percent of U.S. adults smoked. Since then, that figure has declined by more than half, reaching a record low 17.8 percent in 2014. What’s more, the rate is still dropping.

How did we reach the point where clouds of smoke a la "Mad Men" look so anachronistic? Several factors combined to yield one of the most successful and perhaps under-appreciated public health victories of our lifetimes. Here are five reasons for the dramatic decline of smoking in American life.

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