- Smoking rates have decreased from recorded peaks
- – 65% among adults from 42.6% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015. Data table
- – The 36.5 million current smokers in 2015 was the first time there were less than 40 million current smokers in the United States since modern records began.
- – 70% among youth from 36.4% in 1997 to 10.8% in 2015.
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Data on current smoking only goes back so far. For earlier periods, per capita consumption of cigarettes provides another useful measure of smoking behavior.