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The Reasons Behind Declining Smoking Rates In The U.S.


The National Center For Health Statistics reports that the percentage of adult smokers in the U.S. has dropped for the fourth year in a row. So what's driving more and more Americans to quit smoking? The New York Times asked medical experts which anti-smoking policies have worked -- and which policies haven't -- in getting people to kick the habit.

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  • Zachary Slobig

    Those nationwide declines though mask stagnant progress in underserved sub-populations. Rates have generally not decreased in populations with high poverty, high unemployment, and amongst the mentally ill, for instance. Furthermore, in many American Indian communities, smoking rates have actually increased. These nationwide numbers are encouraging no doubt, but it's always important to drill deeper and for 'progress' not to lead to complacency.