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Drop in smoking rate proves public education and smart public policy works

U.S. Smoking Rate Does Something It Hasn't in Years

From Associated Press

The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report.

The rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked.

The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year.

Our Take

The fact that fewer adults are smoking is spectacular news and a credit to the combined efforts of the entire tobacco control community. This shows that public education campaigns like TIPS and truth®, combined with smart public policies like clean air laws and increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products work.

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