Despite opinions about recent election results, it seems Americans are getting smarter. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 14% of adults are still addicted to those deadly burning nicotine sticks. That’s only half of the smokers (most dead from cancer by now) counted in 1965.
The CDC reports that about one in five adults still use cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and other smelly tobacco products. Cigarette smoking is still the top cause of preventable death and disease, and kills about half a million Americans annually.
The sad figure doesn’t include the final years and months suffered by addicted smokers. They require expensive treatment, family trauma and hospitalization in their final, self-inflicted agonizing moments.