Tobacco causes more than 5 million deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drug rehab centers can help individuals who are addicted to nicotine, but new research shows that many smokers are taking it upon themselves to kick the habit as well.
Statistics released by the California department of public health revealed that 13 percent of adults smoke, according to the San Mateo County Times. This is the lowest rate ever reported in California, and currently the second-lowest rate in the country. Utah has the smallest rate of smokers.
In San Mateo County, the numbers are even lower. Approximately 9 percent of adults living in the region were smokers, and experts are crediting the local Tobacco Control Program for the small number. The group has been offering free smoking-cession courses and investing in anti-smoking education for years.
More than 443,000 people die from smoking every year in the United States, according to the CDC. Through research, heart disease and lung cancer have been directly linked to cigarette usage. Drug rehab centers can provide nicotine addicts with the resources they need to quit.