Fifty years ago, recording of smoking statistics in the United States began which had the number of smokers below 40 million. For the first time since that count, the number of smokers in the U.S. has dropped below the 40 million number.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, the number of smokers from 2005 as compared to 2015 dropped from 45.1 million to 36.5 million.

In 2005, around 24% of men and 17% of women smoked, which went down to 16% and 14%, respectively.

According to the report, those who lived below the poverty line and smoked were nearly more than double those who lived above the poverty line and smoked.

In addition to income levels determining the likelihood of smoking, education showed an interesting trend. The more standard education received, the lower the percentage of smokers. For example, 34% of those with a G.E.D smoked, while 20% of those who had a high school diploma smoked. Furthermore, 17% of those with an associates degree were smokers, while 7% of those with a college degree smoked. About 4% of those with a graduate degree reported to have been a smoker.

The highest region for smokers was the Midwest region with about 20% and the West coast was the lowest with about 13%.

Another decreasing trend that has been reported is that of alcohol consumption. According to Euromonitor International, for the first time since 2001, global alcohol sales have dropped (recorded in 2015).

The World Is Waking Up

Perhaps we are seeing these trends because of the awakening that is happening on this planet. More people each day are choosing to throw off their old, destructive habits and are instead, seeking healthy solutions to their challenges.

Perhaps more people are learning effective ways to deal with their stress, instead of lighting a cigarette or having an alcoholic drink. For some, this surely includes turning to meditation or relaxation in nature.

For others, it might include breathing exercises or working out. Whatever the route people are choosing is working.

Brian King, the deputy director in the office of smoking and health at the C.D.C said of the good news:

“We’ve made commendable progress toward reducing smoking, the leading cause of death in this country. But there’s still work to do. If we’re going to make a difference, we need to implement what we know works: price increases, mass media attention and prevention services.” 

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