Just 14 percent of adults in the U.S. were current smokers in 2017, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number is even lower than the preliminary numbers for the first three quarters of the year that were announced in March of this year.
But according to the CDC, all credit for the dramatically reduced smoking rate goes to traditional tobacco control strategies like taxes and advertising restrictions.
"This new all-time low in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment – and it demonstrates the importance of continued proven strategies to reduce smoking," CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a public statement.
The report shows that 2.8 percent of American adults use e-cigarettes, which is about 6.8 million people. About 34 million adults smoke cigarettes.