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A new Centers for Disease Control study has found the US rate of tobacco usage dropping again:

ATLANTA (AP) — Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says.

Last year, about 18 percent of adults participating in a national health survey described themselves as current smokers.

The nation’s smoking rate generally has been falling for decades, but had seemed to stall at around 20 to 21 percent for about seven years. In 2011, the rate fell to 19 percent, but that might have been a statistical blip.

Health officials are analyzing the 2012 findings and have not yet concluded why the rate dropped, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC released its study Tuesday.

Of course, this was achieved without prohibition -- some regulation that has not been without controversy, but without prohibition. So what else could be achieved without prohibition?

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Medical alternative

Maybe people are turning to medical marijuana as it becomes more widely available.

electric cigarrettes and vaporizers of clean tobacco

are safer ways of consuming nicotine through the lungs, which gets right at the necessity of the user, unlike slower methods of administration (which also help, btw) like oral and patches. a tobacco smoker who gets themselves a vaporizer and puts clean tobacco in it (unlike the stuff inside cigarettes) will likely be very satisfied, and will avoid a lot of negative health effects. even if they don't get clean tobacco, just breaking up the cigarette and putting its contents in the vaporizer would be better than smoking it. an electric cigarette would probably be even better, though, as it only has water, nicotine and one other substance (that other substances' long term effects are not known however), but either way, it's likely to be a lot healthier than consuming everything in the tobacco. nicotine in itself is not harmful except for the addiction. regardless of what the choice, it's vastly better to vaporize it than to smoke it.

What the CDC wouldn't say....

...Wall St. analysts did say. The drop is primarily  due to harm reduction through the use of electronic cigarettes. They are at least 99 times safer than cigarettes, have proven to be an effective tool for smoking cessation, yet the prohibitionists want to ban them. There is no better example of the sillyness of the drug war than the war on nicotine, which, when vaped, is pretty much harmless. 

Which prohibitionists?

I am confused, if you mean "smoking prohibitionists" that would be nonsense because e-cigs are a true vaporizing-based alternative to smoking.  I think "cannabis prohibitionists" are trolls for the tobacco industry who want to continue banning an alternative to tobacco which they would never be able to make so much money from as heretofore from hot burning overdose monoxide $igarettes..

I tend to think the president

I tend to think the president would expect the states to work this out first before making any drastic course adjustments for the country. If, say, 55% of the states were to completely legalize pot it might give the movement the push to get over the top. I don't mean to be a wet blanket, but most pot convictees are serving time in state prisons, not federal. While some states are relaxing their attitudes about weed, most still are not friendly to it and that doesn't bode well for a national movement to legalize it.

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