(The Hill) — A record-low number of adults reported cigarette use in 2022, while reported usage of electronic cigarette rose among adults.
Preliminary survey results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that just 11% of American adults — or about one in nine — reported they are smokers, which is a drop from 12.5% reported in 2020 and 2021.
The new data, which is based on based on responses from 27,000 adults, also captured an uptick of e-cigarette use among adults, from 4.5% who reported use in 2021 to 6% in 2022.
Cigarette use has been declining for decades as more health information has emerged about the health risks of smoking and many places banned smoking. In 2005, about 20.9% of adults reported being current smokers, almost double the 2022 figure, according to the CDC.
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Meanwhile e-cigarette use, especially among adolescents, has been on the rise. The CDC reported last year that 2.55 million U.S. middle and high school students said that they were current e-cigarette users, which is equivalent to about 14.1% of high school students and 3.3% of middle school students.
According to the CDC, smoking remains a major cause of preventable disease, disability, and death. The agency also said that about 90% of all lung cancer deaths were caused by smoking.