US Smoking Numbers in Decline

13 March 2006

   WASHINGTON DC - Americans smoked fewer cigarettes last year than at any time since 1951, and the nation's per capita consumption of tobacco fell to early 1930s levels, according to federal government figures
   The National Association of Attorneys General tobacco committee reveals a 4.2% decline in 2005 and an overall drop of more than 20% since cigarette companies reached a $246 billion (€206.39bn; £141.69bn) legal settlement with states nationwide in 1998.
   Studies show about 21.7% of US high school students still smoke, as do 20.9% - or around 45 million - adults.