Adult smoking rates in California have hit a new low.
The state’s Department of Public Health says last year 11-point-nine percent of California’s adults smoked. That’s down from 13-point-one percent the year before. The figure makes California one of only two states to reach a federal goal of reducing the rate to 12 percent or less.
Among California’s high school students, the smoking rate last year was 13-point-eight percent, a drop of nearly one percent from 2008. And four-point-eight percent of the state’s middle school students smoked in 2010. More men continue to light up than women, but both genders have shown declines.
Despite the new figures, state health officials point out smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S.