Smoking Falls to an All-Time Low

October 15th, 2022

Cigarette use is lower than ever. According to a new Gallup poll, just 11% of American adults say they smoke.

Just 8% of adults under 35 smoke cigarettes at least once a week. Ten percent of those between 35-54 and 14% of people 55 and over said they had.

Tobacco has been becoming less and less popular since the 1950s when more than 45% of people reported that they smoked. One big reason for the disinterest: health.

The deadly health effects of tobacco are noted in countless studies. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills up to half of the people who use it. That information is too much to ignore for a lot of people.

A 2019 Gallup poll showed that 97% of people who took the poll thought smoking was at least “somewhat harmful.” Over the past decade, people who smoke who have responded to Gallup’s poll have almost unanimously said they thought smoking caused cancer and wish they had never smoked.

Unfortunately, tobacco is highly addictive. Seven in 10 adults who smoke that were interviewed by Gallup over the past five years said they wish they could stop.

Read more about Gallup’s poll results here: