Are Americans Smoking Fewer Cigarettes?

The number of Americans who smoke a pack of cigarettes per day or more has dropped significantly, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Woman Smoker

Woman lighting up a cigarette by means of a lighter

This great a decline in smoking prevalence was last seen in a Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health in 1964.

In 1965, 56 percent of adult smokers consumed 20 cigarettes or more per day. In 2007, just 41 percent of smokers were using a pack or more a day.

California has seen the greatest decline in smoking rates due to the fact the state has consistently led the United States in using public policies to reduce smoking. The state has also seen rapid declines inlung cancer rates.

Researchers also found that fewer people are smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day.

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