Smoking trends in the America
The percentage of American adults who smoke has been decreasing steadily. So much so, that the number of regular smokers in 2010 (19.3% or 46.6 million) was fewer than half of what it had been in 1965 (42.4%) .
Reasons for this decline in smoking include:
- increased taxes on tobacco products
- restrictions on advertising, vending machines and cigarette distribution
- more visible and forceful cigarette labeling
- the banning smoking in public places
- a social attitude that smoking is less acceptable
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With the overwhelming number of reasons not to smoke, who's smoking?
Education: According to the 2008 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), education attainment is a strong indicator of prevalence of smoking among Americans ages 25 and over:
General Education Development (GED) graduates: 41.3%
Persons with less than a high school diploma: 27.5%
Undergraduate degree: 10.6%
Graduate degree: 5.7%
Race/Ethnicity: The percentage of adults, ages 18 and over, who were current smokers in 2007/2008
American Indian/Alaska Native: 32.4%
Geographically: The percentage of adults who smoke varies greatly around the country.
States with highest percentage of adults who smoke (April 2011) are:
1. Kentucky: 25.6%
2. West Virginia: 25.5%
3. Oklahoma: 25.4%
4. Mississippi: 23.3%
5. Indiana: 23.1%
States with the lowest percentage of adults who smoke (April 2011) are:
50. Utah: 9.8%
49. California: 12.8%
48. Massachusetts: 14.9%
47. Washington: 14.9%
46. Rhode Island: 15.0%
Gender: The percentage of adults, ages 18 and over, who were current smokers in 2007/2008
Nationally, the US government prohibits smoking on flights, buses, most trains and all federal buildings. In addition, many (but not all) states have banned smoking in the workplace (which, in some areas includes restaurants and bars) as well as public places like hospitals, parks and schools. Some states have imposed even further bans on smoking in multiunit housing and personal vehicles when carrying passengers under the age of 17.
Internationally, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Uruguay are countries that have banned smoking nationwide in their workplaces, bars and restaurants.
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