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I've been studying the causes of a decline in the smoking rate, and I found out from the article that an aging population causes the decline. But, I'm not sure why it could happen. Is that because there is more health awareness among old people?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you sure it is a cause and not just a correlation (or even effect)? An aging population probably means they got to live longer because they smoked less. Can you cite/link the paper? $\endgroup$ – Fizz May 19 at 11:44
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, please link "the article". $\endgroup$ – Giskard May 19 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ Or because smoking rates among younger cohorts are higher and if the population ages, you have a mechanical decline in the total smoking rate. $\endgroup$ – E. Sommer May 20 at 16:11
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Without seeing the article in question, I can only speculate. But I suspect what they mean is that older smokers are dying off, and not being replaced by younger smokers.

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  • $\begingroup$ thanks for commenting! I totally agree with your idea! $\endgroup$ – thththth May 20 at 18:19

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