Smoking Rate Continues to Drop around United States, New Data Show

no smoking logoThe smoking rate in the U.S. dropped to about 15% in 2015, down from 17% one year ago and about 18% two years ago, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The 2015 National Health Interview Survey report also shows that more men smoke than women, and blacks and whites are more likely to smoke than Hispanics.

Experts credit tobacco taxes, stricter smoke-free laws, and more powerful anti-smoking messages for the change.

“I hear from smokers all the time, ‘When I can’t smoke here, I can’t smoke there, when people see me smoke they look at me like I’m a pariah – it makes me want to not smoke anymore,’” Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y., told HealthDay.com.