Few would disagree that smoking is an expensive, dirty, smelly habit. It’s possible that even some smokers view it in those terms.

The good news is — in both Wisconsin and Michigan — the smoking rate among adults is on the decline.

In Wisconsin, the rate of adult smokers fell from 19 percent in 2017 to 16 percent in 2018, according to the United Health Foundation. The rate has fallen steadily since 2001, when one of every four adults in Wisconsin were smokers.

Marinette County is slightly above the state average.

In Michigan, the rate of adult smokers was 19 percent in 2018. That’s the first time it’s been below 20 percent since 2011. It was 34 percent in 1990 and 26 percent in 2004.

Menominee County has dropped a whopping 10 percent since 2011 — from 29 percent to 19 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Both Wisconsin and Michigan are still above the national average of 14 percent.

But health officials in Wisconsin are encouraged.

Donna Wininski of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “While that isn’t necessarily great news for Wisconsinites, what is good news is that we’re still on the downward trend.”

We, too, are encouraged. The negative effects of smoking are numerous. The potential for cancer and heart disease alone should be enough for people to not smoke.

Here’s something else to consider if you smoke cigarettes. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 250 chemicals in cigarettes known to be harmful, with at least 69 that cause cancer.

Some of those chemicals include arsenic, formaldehyde, nickel, carbon monoxide and cyanide.

Why would anyone want to smoke knowing that information?

What’s discouraging is that many teens and young adults have turned to vaping, which come in the form of e-cigarettes or vape pens.

Studies show that teens and middle-school students are using these products at an increasing rate. Cigarette use is down in those age groups, but vaping is on the rise.

Vaping involves inhaling an aerosol released by the vaping product. These can come in flavors that sound healthy — like “mango” and “berry” — but have no health benefits.

In fact, health experts say vaping is dangerous and having a serious effect on our young people.

“The younger the developing brain is exposed to nicotine, the stronger and more rapid the addiction. The earlier you become addicted, the harder it is to quit,” said Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Tobacco Control.

Experts suggest parents start talking to their children early about the dangers of nicotine.

We realize adult smokers can find it very difficult to quit the filthy habit. It would be worth the effort to try as it certainly will prolong your life, if not save it.