Smoking Rate Falls

smokingThe smoking rate continues to decline among U.S. adults, reaching a 20-year low of 14.9% in the first half of 2015. The decline is attributed to higher awareness, smoke-free laws and higher tobacco prices.

Rates remain high among certain groups, such as uninsured adults, Medicaid recipients, the poor and uneducated and those with physical disabilities or limitations. Cigarette smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.,responsible for 1 in 5 deaths and linked to many severe diseases.