American Smoking Sinks to One in Five – Tied for All-Time Low
According to the latest Gallup poll.
The prevalence of smoking in the U.S. is currently tied for the all-time low in Gallup trends dating from 1944, after a long, slow decline in smoking rates since the 1970s. Currently, 20% of adults say they smoked a cigarette “in the past week,” down from 22% last year but matching the 2009 level.
Gallup recorded the sharpest decline in smoking between the early 1970s and late 1980s, with the rate dropping roughly 15 percentage points during this period. Smoking leveled off at about 25% for much of the 1990s, but has since descended slowly, if unevenly, to 20%. The latest results are from Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits poll, conducted July 9-12, and are in line with the smoking rate the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index finds in daily surveys of Americans.
According to an analysis of Gallup trends since 2001 — combining data from Gallup’s Consumption Habits polls into three periods, 2001-2005, 2006-2010, and 2011-2012 — the most recent decline in smoking has not occurred across the board, but is seen mainly among certain groups. Smoking rates have fallen particularly sharply among young adults — those 18 to 29 — as well as among college non-graduates and those living in the East and West.
Great news as I am reminded what my parents told me over fifty years ago.
Smoking is a dirty, nasty habit – don’t ever start because it will be hard to quit.
Face it smoking is “unhealthy” and “addictive” behavior.
In the next decades, let’s hope the numbers of Americans who smoke drop even further.
20% ehh! Then the CDC is probably off a tad too! Since there hasnt been hardly any drop in the smoking rate since 2005. What happened in 2005-6 you ask, the nationwide ban movement began and smokers simply said STFU! You dont criminalize peopl for smoking a damn cigarette or the owner of a business just because his customers wanna smoke. The entire second hand smoke junk science was created to pursue such criminal laws. The next target is outlawing fat people from the public table!
2008 Regular Session
House Bill 282
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Current Bill Text: |
Description: Food establishments; prohibit from serving food to any person who is obese.
Deadline: General Bill/Constitutional Amendment
Vote type required: Majority
Effective date: July 1, 2008
History of Actions:
1 01/25 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human Services;Judiciary B
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House Committee: Public Health and Human Services*, Judiciary B
Principal Author: Mayhall
Additional Authors: Read, Shows
Title: AN ACT TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FROM SERVING FOOD TO ANY PERSON WHO IS OBESE, BASED ON CRITERIA PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS OBESE AND TO PROVIDE THOSE MATERIALS TO THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.