The National Center for Health Statistics has revealed that for the first time ever, the smoking rate among adults in the United States has dropped below 15 percent.

By comparison, in 1997, the percentage of adults who smoked cigarettes in the country was 24.7 percent.  The rate has dropped steadily since.  In 2014, it was 16.8 percent.

The 2015 data reveals that 17 percent of men smoke, while 13 percent of women have yet to kick the habit.  More women (68 percent) have never tried cigarettes as compared to men (59 percent) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.