Your probabilities of encountering an American who smokes cigarettes is nearly as possible as crossing paths with one who smokes weed.
That’s only one takeaway from a brand new Gallup ballot, which discovered that the speed of cigarette smoking within the nation has plummeted to an historic low. Based on the survey, simply 15 p.c of American adults mentioned they smoked a cigarette within the final week—the bottom it’s been in Gallup’s 75 yr historical past of researching the habits.
For a degree of reference, 45 p.c of American adults answered “sure” to the identical query within the 1950s. At the start of the 21st century, the speed hovered round 30 p.c.
However the identical ballot, which was launched Thursday and carried out July 1-12, discovered that 12 p.c of People mentioned they smoke cannabis. That quantity is larger than the seven p.c who reported cannabis use again in 2013, however per the 11 percent-13 p.c who recognized as pot customers since 2015.
The decline in cigarette use may be felt anecdotally all through the USA, the place smoking bans in bars are just about common and the place use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” has spiked dramatically within the final decade.
To that finish, the ballot launched on Thursday represented the primary time that Gallup requested People whether or not they had “vaped” within the final week; eight p.c of people who have been surveyed mentioned they’d.
Gallup discovered a pointy generational hole when it got here to e-cigarette use: practically 20 p.c of adults aged 30 and youthful mentioned they’d vaped within the final week, in contrast with eight p.c of adults between the ages of 30 and 49, and simply three p.c between the ages of 50 and 64. Lower than one p.c of seniors reported vaping use, in accordance with Gallup.
That age hole is much less pronounced relating to marijuana use, Gallup mentioned. 22 p.c of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 recognized as pot customers, in contrast with 11 p.c between the ages of 30 and 49 and 12 p.c between 50 and 64.
The standout knowledge level from the ballot, nonetheless, is the marked decline in cigarette use amongst People, a big departure from a behavior that has been part of the nation’s tradition and economics for generations.
In detailing its findings, Gallup mentioned that maybe probably the most vital implication “for the way forward for the tobacco business is that—even with leisure use of marijuana authorized in solely 11 states—larger percentages of younger individuals report smoking marijuana and vaping than say they smoke conventional cigarettes.”
“This contrasts with adults over 30, who stay extra more likely to be cigarette people who smoke than vapers or marijuana customers,” Gallup wrote. “Most of those older People would have developed their smoking behavior earlier than vaping and marijuana have been as available as they’re right this moment. However now that younger individuals have these choices, the way forward for U.S. tobacco gross sales seems to be extra tenuous.”