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Adult cigarette smoking reaches new low -- but stays stubbornly high among some groups

Adult cigarette smoking reaches new low -- but stays stubbornly high among some groups

About 17% of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2014 -- approximately a 20% drop from the rate of adult smoking in 2005, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That figure is the lowest recorded since cigarette smoking has been tracked by the agency.

Among those who still smoke, the number of cigarettes smoked daily has fallen to 13.8, down from 16.7 in 2005, the CDC said.

In 1965, 42.4% of American adults smoked, and though the habit's prevalence has declined steadily, reducing the ranks of the addicted has become an increasingly uphill battle.

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