Your chances of encountering an American who smokes cigarettes is just about as likely as crossing paths with one who smokes weed.
That’s just one takeaway from a new Gallup poll, which found that the rate of cigarette smoking in the country has plummeted to an historic low. According to the survey, just 15 percent of American adults said they smoked a cigarette in the last week—the lowest it’s been in Gallup’s 75 year history of researching the habits.
For a point of reference, 45 percent of American adults answered “yes” to the same question in the 1950s. At the beginning of the 21st century, the rate hovered around 30 percent.
But the same poll, which was released Thursday and conducted July 1-12, found that 12 percent of Americans said they smoke cannabis. That number is higher than the seven percent who reported cannabis use back in 2013, but consistent with the 11 percent-13 percent who identified as pot users since 2015.
The decline in cigarette use can be felt anecdotally throughout the United States, where smoking bans in bars are virtually universal and where use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” has spiked dramatically in the last decade.
To that end,