Slideshow: Study Highlights State of Smoking in US

Cigarette smoking has been declining in the United States over the past 50 years. In 1965, about 42% of adults smoked. As of 2015, 15% said they did. That’s progress. But not enough, according to a new paper that reviews cigarette smoking rates across different groups.

What they found: Cigarette smoking is much more common in certain vulnerable populations. These include people in lower education and/or socioeconomic groups, from certain racial/ethnic groups, in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, with mental illness, in the military, and in certain geographic areas.

What they recommend: Experts need to create more new strategies that target people in these groups specifically. An example of this is the US Food and Drug Administration's “This Free Life” campaign, which is aimed at reducing tobacco use in the LGBT community. Leaders can also put more effort into what we already know works to reduce smoking, such as increasing taxes on cigarettes. In addition, the authors say tobacco cessation services should be more widely available. 

The report is from American Cancer Society researchers and was published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 

Click through the slideshow to learn how cigarette smoking rates differ by education, income, geography and more.