(BPT) - In 1964, when the Surgeon General first warned the public about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, 42 percent of adults in the United States smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, about 15 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The progress made in the last 50 years to reduce cigarette smoking is remarkable, but the toll it takes on Americans is still staggering. More than 480,000 deaths are caused every year from cigarette smoking, and 16 million people live with a disease or illness caused by smoking. The good news is that most smokers want to quit and there are now more former cigarette smokers than current smokers.