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.

  1. 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.
  2. Anti-smoking laws have been passed at all levels.
  3. Cigarette taxes have increased.
  4. People began to understand true health risks based on real science.
  5. 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.