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Smoking In 2016: Infographic Shows How Far We’ve Come In The Fight Against Smoking Cigarettes

Here's how far we've come with smoking. Pixabay, public domin

The United States has made tremendous steps to solve a public health concern that has plagued the country for over half a century: dangerously high smoking rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed that smoking rates dropped from 42 percent in 1965 to 17 percent in 2014. Evidence has also shown that lower smoking rates come with lower lung cancer rates.

However, the dangers of smoking still exist.  

According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes kills over 480,000 people each year in the U.S. It is considered the leading cause of preventable death and disease, accounting for one out of every five deaths. Soon after America’s smoking rates dropped, the World Health Organization announced that tobacco use in Europe was alarmingly high.

The infographic below was provided by Purplebox Vapors, which may raise some concerns about bias, so here’s an article comparing the dangers of electronic and regular cigarettes. While many studies have shown e-cigarettes can be just as dangerous, if not more so, as traditional cigarettes, others show they may actually serve as an effective tool for smoking cessation. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco recently found that e-cigarettes really do help with quitting.  

An infographic by the team at purplebox vapours