For several years, the decline in the number of American smokers stalled at 20%. Now the Centers for Disease Control reports the number of smokers is once again on the decline, now down to 18% of American Adults. The CDC gives some credit to more laws banning smoking in public.
In South Mississippi more of our cities are considering tighter restrictions on public smoking. We applaud their efforts. Maybe that will encourage more smokers to stop.
Smoking is clearly a killer. It's a leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It's responsible for the majority of lung cancer deaths and is a deadly factor in heart attacks and a variety of other illnesses.
And if the smoking ban doesn't stop smokers, at least it will help the 4 out of 5 people who don't smoke. They won't be subjected to the second hand smoke.
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