US Cigarette Smoking Rate Hits New All-Time Low

April 28, 2023

Cigarette smoking in the U.S. has dropped to an all-time low according to government survey data released on Thursday.

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In 2022, the National Center for Health Statistics surveyed 27,000 adults age 18 and over and asked questions about their health.

Only 1 in 9 adults said they were current smokers (11.2%).

In comparison, about 42% of U.S. adults were smokers in the 1960s. Between 2001 and 2003, an average of 35% of U.S. adults said they smoked cigarettes.

The rate has been gradually dropping for decades, reaching an all-time low in 2022.

However, e-cigarette use rose to nearly 6% last year, from about 4.5% the year before.

Only about 2% of high school students were smoking traditional cigarettes last year, but about 14% were using e-cigarettes, according to other CDC data.

**Current smokers are defined as people who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes during their lifetime and who, at the time they participated in a survey about this topic, reported smoking every day or some days.**

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