Cigarette smoking is the least popular in the United States, as US health officials announced Thursday that only 14 percent of people who smoke are smoking.
Approximately 34 million American adults smoke according to a 2017 survey of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
14% of cigarette smokers declined from 15.5% in 2016.
According to the CDC report, current interest rates have fallen 67 percent since 1965, when the National Health Interview Survey (NHI) began collecting annual data.
Robert Redfield, head of the CDC, said, "This new low of smoking among American adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment.
The NHIS report also stressed that young adult tobacco smokers declined significantly in 2017 compared to a year ago.
About 10% of Americans ages 18-24 smoke in 2017. This is a decrease from 13% in 2016.
Meanwhile, the use of electronic cigarettes is growing rapidly among young people, and US regulators are considering the ban on flavor nicotine used in battery – powered meat – eating devices.
One in five US adults (47 million) are still using tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, tobacco pipes, or smokeless tobacco products, and the CDC says it has been steadily continuing in recent years.
Smoking is a major cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, and approximately 480,000 Americans die each year.
About 16 million Americans suffer from smoking-related illnesses.
"For more than half a century, smoking has been the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States," said Norman Sharpless, director of the Norm Cancer Institute.
Eliminating smoking in the United States removes about one-third of all cancer deaths over time.