Prevalence of current smoking among adults aged 18 and over:
The survey reports that the prevalence of current smoking among U.S. adults declined from 24.7% in 1997 to 18.0% in 2012 and in January–March 2013. Prior CDC research showed that teens are also smoking fewer cigarettes, but more are smoking cigars. The agency has criticized the tobacco industry for skirting higher cigarette taxes by making cigars smaller to look and feel like cigarettes.
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