US Smoking Rate Falls to 15.2 Percent

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The smoking rate has fallen dramatically since 1965, when 42% of adults smoked.
The smoking rate has fallen dramatically since 1965, when 42% of adults smoked.

HealthDay News -- The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with 15.2% of adults reporting they're current smokers, down from 16.8% in 2014 and 17.8% in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

The new data come from the CDC's 2015 National Health Interview Survey, an annual survey that tracks a variety of public health issues. Estimates based on 2015 data were calibrated to 2010 census-based population estimates for sex, age, and race/ethnicity of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population, according to the CDC.

The smoking rate has fallen dramatically since 1965, when 42% of adults smoked, the CDC said. But between 2004 and 2009, progress stalled, and the US smoking rate hovered around 20%.

More men smoke than women -- 17.4% compared with 13%, the CDC reported. Race also plays a factor, with more blacks (18.1%) smoking than whites (17.1%) or Hispanics (10.4%).

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