Cigarette smoking, while still somewhat prevalent throughout American society, has become much less popular than it was fifty years ago. Half a century ago, 42.4% of American adults smoked, compared to a record low 17.8% recorded in 2014. And what’s more, the numbers are still dropping. Let’s take a look at the main factors credited for the decline of smoking in the United States.
- Prevention efforts are aimed at young people. Because the overwhelming majority of smokers begin their smoking habits before the age of 18, this is a very important aspect to consider.
- Anti-smoking laws have been passed at all levels.
- Cigarette taxes have increased.
- People began to understand true health risks based on real science.
- Movies and TV glamorize smoking to a much lesser extent than 50 years ago.
Click here to read the full article by Jesse Rifkin for Huffington Post.