Smoking rate for American adults hits record low

The smoking rate in the U.S. has hit a record low.

According to USA Today, government figures show that last year only about 14 percent of American adults smoked. This is down from 16 percent the year before.

K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at the Medical University of South Carolina says that while the changes aren’t drastic, there is a steady decline.

He said, “Everything is pointed in the right direction.”

According to the latest figures, there are still about 30 million U.S. adult smokers. There is also a decline for teen smoking as well.

The smoking rate for high schoolers has also hit a new low, now down to nine percent.