The Association of State Attorneys General announced that using Federal data on taxes from cigarette sales, Americans smoked fewer cigarettes last year than at any time since 1951, and the nation's per capita consumption of tobacco fell to levels not seen since the early 1930s.
Association leaders and other tobacco-control advocates hailed the decline as a sign that sometimes-controversial developments triggered by the $246 billion settlement have been effective. The drop was a result, they said, of factors that include the sharply higher cost of cigarettes, restrictions on cigarette advertising and a shift in public perceptions as the dangers of smoking are more aggressively and widely publicized. [Washington Post]
The current figures represent the fewest cigarettes smoked by Americans since 1951 and the lowest per capita use of tobacco products since the 1930s. It's been a BIG day of success stories for people working to improve public health!