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Smoking has declined among Americans

It's true that fewer Americans are lighting up, but officials at the Centers for Disease Control say they're not breathing a sigh of relief just yet.

Dr. Tim McAfee said, "Although we've been successful in the last 40 years in cutting smoking in half, we really don't want to wait another 40 years to get down to the point where smoking is just a minor public health nuisance."

The CDC says most of the credit for a decline in smoking goes to higher tobacco prices.  Also, the ugly warning labels on packages and state laws that ban indoor smoking has also helped the decline.

However, still nearly 440,000 people die every year from smoking or smoking related illnesses.

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