Tax hike leads to historic drop in smoking

The federal tax hike helped push tobacco use down to 18.9% in 2011, the lowest level on record, according to the CDC surveys, according to USA Today.

The federal tax hike signed by President Obama in 2009 has led to the decline of U.S. adult smokers.

A USA Today analysis finds three million fewer people smoked last year than in 2009 despite a larger population.

The federal cigarette tax jumped from 39 cents to $1.01 per pack on April 1, 2009, to finance expanded health care for children, according to USA Today.

Teens, poor people and those dependent on government health insurance saw a big decline. However, seniors and Hispanics lowered smoking most dramatically.

The data also finds about one million adults on Medicaid quit smoking and women quit more than men.