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Have You Smoked a Cigarette in the Past Week? — Survey of the Day


Between the persistency of the surgeon general and bans everywhere from workplaces to bars, being a smoker should be harder than it’s ever been before.

But are these anti-smoking efforts actually causing a decline in the rates of cigarette consumption?

According to a new poll from Gallup, they are. The survey of 1,014 adults found that only 20 percent had enjoyed at least one cigarette in the past week, tying 2009 for the lowest percentage of smokers ever recorded in Gallup’s yearly tally. For comparison’s sake, in 2002 28 percent of American adults were smokers, and back in 1983, 38 percent had burned one in the past week.

The age group most likely to smoke is 18-to-29-year-olds at 25 percent. This is down from the 34 percent of that demographic who smoked ten years ago.


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