Is the number of smokers increasing or decreasing

I don't see as many people smoking as I used to. Are people smoking less? 

Yes, the number of both men and women smokers has decreased dramatically in the United States since the mid-1960s, when public health messages on the hazards of smoking began to reach the general public. Smoking has declined in the United States by about 35 percent since then. There are currently around 40 million ex-smokers in this country. In some states, like California and Utah, less than 18 percent of adults now smoke. While in the United States smoking is declining, this is not true for other countries where greater affluence is linked to more smoking, and where the awareness of the risks of smoking is not as great.


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