CDC Statistics Show More People Stopped Smoking in 2015 than in Previous Decades

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The number of individuals in the United States of America who smoke cigarettes declined at a faster rate last year in 2015, than it has in more than two previous decades according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in May 2016, that just over 15 percent of adults in the United States smoked cigarettes in 2015, a two percent decrease from the previous year and the largest decline over one year since 1993.

What is Spurring the Decline in Smoking Rates?

The decline in smoking rates continues a decades-long downward trend in the number of American citizens who smoke cigarettes and the 16.8 percent reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2014, was the lowest in history, until this most recent report.

The statistics come from an early release of data collected as part of the 2015 National Health Survey, which includes estimates for use of healthcare, vaccination, obesity, and alcohol and health treatment.

The information released by the CDC 15.1 percent of adults smoked in 2015, which was lower than the 16.8 percent rate in 2014. The rate is almost a ten-point decline since 1997, when 24.7 percent of American adults were active cigarette smokers.

Overall, more men smoke than women, 16.7 percent of males smoked in 2015, while just 13.6 percent of women were smokers. 25 percent of men are former smokers, compared to 18.9 percent of women and while 58.3 percent of males never smoked cigarettes, 675 percent of females have never smoked.

The most likely age of smokers in the United States is 45 through 64 years of age, at 16.9 percent, while 16.5 percent are between the ages of 18 to 44 years old, and about 8.4 percent of individual
over the age of 65 smoke cigarettes. In each age group, men were more likely to smoke cigarettes than women.


If you wish to stop smoking, there are many things you can do to accomplish your goal. Cold turkey is still one of the most popular ways to stop smoking and approximately 90 percent of people who try to quit smoking, do it without outside support, which means no aids, medicine or therapy.

You should build a quit plan. This means you choose a quit date and mark it on your calendar. In the weeks leading up to your planned quit date, you should try to cut back on the amount you smoke and start getting rid of all the lighters, ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia in your house. On your quit date, toss out any leftover cigarettes you have, throw away any ashtrays or lighters and clean your house entirely and wash all of your clothing that may have an odor of smoke.

If you find you need more assistance, you can try behavioral therapy, nicotine replacement gum and/or patches, speak to your doctor about medications and maybe even come up with a combination of options to ensure you are successful at smoking cessation.


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