Many Americans are regular smokers, but Oregon has maintained a lower rate of cigarette users than the rest of the country. Cancer deaths related to smoking decreased by 5 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program. However, experts say that the positive data may not be a trend for much longer, according to The Oregonian.
The number of individuals who started using cigarettes slightly increased in 2009, and smokeless tobacco is also becoming popular among young adults. Experts continue to urge lawmakers to establish anti-tobacco awareness campaigns and educational programs in school. By providing individuals with information on the dangers of tobacco, they may be less inclined to use it.
Oregon has already taken a number of preventative measures that appear to be paying off. The Smokefree Workplace Law of 2009 has forced many residents to reduce their usage during business hours. Cigarette sales decreased by 48 percent between 1996 and 2009, compared to the national average of 40 percent, according to the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program.
Approximately 20 percent of adults in the U.S. were regular smokers in 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help individuals who are addicted to nicotine.