Smoking Rates on the Decline

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Smoking Rates on the Decline                 A recent report by cbs.com indicates that smoking in the U.S. is declining more rapidly than ever. In fact, they reported that, “The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years. The rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked. The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually...

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Smoke-Free Homes Are Becoming More Popular

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Smoke-Free Homes Are Becoming More Popular Just forty years ago, an average of forty two percent of the population smoked tobacco. Most of these smokers engaged in smoking indoors- many in their homes. Second hand smoke was not as understood and the population was not as aware of the consequences and side effects. However, the number of individuals who smoke tobacco has decreased over the years and has, in turn, produced more smoke-free homes. In fact, a recent study shows that eighty three percent of homes are...

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California Changes Legal Smoking Age to 21

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California Changes Legal Smoking Age to 21 Just last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed multiple bills, elevating the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. He also placed restrictions on smoking areas and sales of e-cigarettes. Research shows that when adolescents begin smoking at a young age, they are more likely to experiment with more addicting substances. Thus, the passing of these bills is significant as far as prevention goes. Interestingly, although the new laws require consumers to be 21-years-old or...

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Hawaii Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21

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Hawaii Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21 Becoming the first state to do so, Hawaii will raise its legal smoking age to 21 beginning on the first day of 2016. So, starting next year, Hawaiians will have to be 21 to purchase cigarettes. With vapor and e-cigarette use on the rise among teens, Hawaii lawmakers are hoping they can prevent more adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. According to the state health department, over 5,000 adolescents try smoking in Hawaii...

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