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CDC: Fewer than 18% of American adults smoke cigarettes, a new low
CDC: Fewer than 18% of American adults smoke cigarettes, a new low

The proportion of American adults who smoke cigarettes has hit a new low, new federal data show. And among those who do smoke, fewer are lighting up every day, and even they are smoking fewer cigarettes. A national health survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 17.8% of U.S. adults – or 42.1 million people – were “current cigarette smokers” in 2013. That’s the lowest percentage since the annual survey began keeping track in 1965, according to the authors of a study published Wednesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. But Americans still have a ways to go to meet the nation’s Healthy...

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