Good news for non-smokers across the US that value their fresh air in public – the average smoking level has once again taken a dive. According to the 2012 figures, the number of adults smoking across America has seen its first notable step down since 2005, which has been welcomed as wonderful news by heath campaigners and government figures alike.
Curiously however, nobody seems to know exactly why the national smoking average is going down – even those that study such habits in depth aren’t such why it’s happening.
The number of smokers lighting up in the US has been on the decline for quite a few years to say the least – decades in fact. Credit is attributed largely to the way in which near-universal understanding of the dangers of smoking has left very few blind to the ills of tobacco, but since 2006 it all seemed to go a bit flat. The number of smokers didn’t get any higher, but the average of around 21% stuck in place for several years with little explanation as to why.
It just seemed as though the minimum average had been reached and that was that.
Not so it would appear as with the official smoking average for 2012 coming out at 18%, things once again seem to be moving in the right direction. A promising sign of progress it may be, but public health groups are still keen to stress that the national problem with tobacco and tobacco related deaths is still rife and must be addressed.
When it comes to deaths and illnesses that are completely preventable, there’s no bigger cause in the US today than smoking. The statistic are simply mind-blowing – no less than one in every five deaths recorded in the US every day is attributed to smoking, while upward of $73 billion is spent each year on treating and combatting illnesses and diseases caused by smoking.
According to the CDC, lung cancer and heart disease deaths in America could be reduced by over 80% if tobacco was no longer in circulation.
It is thought that the lower smoking rates have been encouraged by ongoing restrictions as to where smokers can and cannot light up, along with the way in which advertising of tobacco products is now more heavily regulated than ever before.
The aim is now to pinpoint exactly what it is that’s working and reinforce efforts to reduce the national smoking average even further.