Gallup reports that smoking is down to historic lows, down 2% from last year, and tied with 2009 at the lowest rate since 1944. The best part? The most profound change is among young people:
Since the start of the 2000s, smoking has fallen nine percentage points among 18- to 29-year-olds — from 34% in 2001-2005 to 25% in 2011-2012. It has declined five points among those 30 to 49, while dipping only slightly among those 50 to 64 and staying about the same among those 65 and older.As a result of these changes, young adults are now about as likely to smoke as are those aged 30 to 64, whereas earlier in the last decade they exhibited the highest rate of smoking of any age group.
Apart from the positive public health implications this might have, this is great news on a personal level. Several of us at Via Meadia have lost beloved relatives to smoking-related diseases, and have been deprived of years of their friendship and wise counsel. May the downward trend continue!