With the relatively recent knowledge of just how dangerous tobacco smoking can be for your health, people all over the world have both avoided starting smoking in the first place, and worked hard to quit smoking.

New information released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has highlighted just how effective this behavioural attitude change has been when it comes to the numbers of smokers around the country.

The adult smoking rate now sits at just 16.8 per cent, according to statistics from 2014. This figure represents a new low for the country, which is down from 20.9 per cent in 2005. Overall, that’s a 20 per cent drop in the number of smokers in America – in just 9 years.

This low figure has been attributed to a number of different factors. For one, the knowledge of the damaging health effects may play a huge role. This is coupled with the constant push for smoking cessation by health advocating agencies both in the private and public sector, as well as pressure from family and friends. Another argument is the fact that the price for tobacco cigarettes will strongly encourage some to give up the habit simply for the money it would save each week. Tobacco laws around the world have also ensured packaging is plain and includes health warnings. This may have helped convince people to quit smoking.

Naturally, the argument for vaping has been pulled into the debate, as many suggest that people are turning to this alternative to help with smoking cessation. In addition to this, there is some speculation that those who may have taken up smoking cigarettes are instead opting for the healthier, more affordable alternative of e-cigarettes.