Smoking is on the decline in the United States. In the 1960s, about 42 percent of American adults smoked; in 2015, the percentage had decreased significantly to about 15 percent were smokers. The reduction has saved millions of lives and led to a massive reduction in smoking-related cancer.
Public health campaigns emphasized education, highlighting the dangers of smoking to your lungs and the risks of developing cancers. The effects of secondhand smoke on others compelled smoking bans in restaurants, bars and public settings. Among high-income families, smoking use plummeted 62 percent in three and a half decades as campaigns and education efforts skyrocketed. In comparison, among low income families, there was only a 9 percent decrease. While the educated and wealthier Americans have left smoking behind for the most part, the poor and uneducated are still smoking.
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