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Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday reveals after holding steady for several years, the smoking rate fell from almost 16 percent of adults in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017.

There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new figures show it's continuing, according to K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of SC.

A half century ago, more than 40 per cent of adults smoked in the United States.

Tobacco companies also must disclose the lack of significant health benefits of smoking low tar and light cigarettes and note the adverse effects to exposure of secondhand smoke. Cigarette sales and other indicators of smoking are also on the decline he said.

The report covers data from 2006 to 2017 and mentions than in 2006, 21 percent of the adult population were smoking cigarettes.

The decline in smoking rates shows a positive improvement and great step toward continuing to reduce smoking-related deaths and illnesses.

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Decreasing smoking rates in the country has been lauded as one of the most successful public health campaigns.

And while this is down from 16% in 2016 - and 20% in 2006 - the 2017 figure still translates to roughly 30 million US adults.

Back then, teenagers were smoking more as well.

E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that simulate the feeling of tobacco smoking by heating liquid nicotine into a vapor. About 27,000 adults were interviewed a year ago. Survey results out last week showed smoking among high school students was down to nine percent, also a new low.

While e-cigarettes have been promoted to help smokers quit smoking, the different flavors offered are often luring in youngsters into vaping.

There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures put that at 3 percent of adults. The CDC adds that people in large metropolitan areas smoked significantly less than people who live in rural areas.