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Smoking Analyzed Demographically In US.

U.S. News & World Report (7/26, Galvin) reported on cigarette smoking in the US, stating that “factors such as income, education and geography” are key. The article continued, “Disparities in these areas are stark, and are key to whether and how smokers try to quit the country’s leading cause of preventable disease and death.” It added, “For example, the smoking rate for adults who had earned a GED certificate was about 41 percent in 2016, while less than 5 percent of adults with a graduate degree smoked cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About a quarter of adults living below the federal poverty line smoked cigarettes, while 14 percent of those at or above that level did, CDC data show.”

Meanwhile, a Gallup (7/26) poll of 1,033 adults across the US conducted July 1-11 finds vaping is “much more prevalent among Americans under 30” than older adults. An earlier Gallup poll showed that 9 percent of all US adults say they regularly or occasionally vape, and the most recent poll found 20 percent of adults aged 18 to 29 used e-cigarettes, compared to 9 percent of those aged 30 to 49 and 7 percent Americans aged 50 to 64. The results document the “sharp decline in young people’s use of conventional cigarettes over the past two decades.

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