Tobacco

Smoking cigarettes in the U.S. hits all-time low

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Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults reached an all-time low in 2018 at nearly 14%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday, a decline of roughly 66% over the last 50 years.

Between the lines: Smoking cigarettes remains deadlier than vaping despite a spotlight on the 2,000-plus cases and dozens of deaths associated with e-cigarette lung injuries this year. More than 34 million adults continue to smoke, and millions more use other tobacco products, per the study.

42 reported dead from vaping-related lung illness

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42 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 24 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

By the numbers: Among 19 patients who died, 84% reported use of THC-containing products, according to a new report out in late October. The CDC maintains no single e-cigarette product or compound has been linked to the pulmonary illnesses.