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US adult smoking rate looks unchanged, vaping rate higher – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2020-11-20 06:25:50 –

A decline in US smoking, according to a government report released Thursday, could be stalled while adult e-cigarette smoking rates appear to be rising.

Last year, about 14% of adults in the United States were smokers, and an annual survey found that percentage for the third consecutive year. However, health officials said the change in methodology made it difficult to compare with the same 14% reported in 2017 and 2018.

Adult smoking rates fell sharply in 2017, down from 16% in the previous year.

New figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean there are more than 34 million adult smokers in the United States

Meanwhile, last year about 4.5% of adults were counted as current e-cigarette users — about 11 million.

The percentage seems to have risen from 3.2% in 2018 to 2.8% in 2017. But again, authorities said it would be difficult to compare 2019 with previous years due to changes in the investigation.

The CDC numbers are based on responses from approximately 32,000 people.

Health officials have long called the use of tobacco the number one cause of preventable illness and death in the country.


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