1 in 5 U.S. Adults Still Uses Tobacco Products
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products indicates about one in five adults in the United States used tobacco in some form “every day” or “some days” in 2015. The information was published last week in the in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
According to the CDC, about 42 million U.S. adults reported using combustible tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, or pipes (including hookahs and water pipes). This figure represents more than 87 percent of the country’s nearly 49 million tobacco product users. The remaining adults who reported using tobacco used electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or smokeless products such as chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, snus, and dissolvable tobacco.
Overall, cigarettes were the most commonly used product (15.1 percent), followed by e-cigarettes (3.5 percent); cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars (3.4 percent); smokeless tobacco (2.3 percent); and pipes, water pipes, or hookahs (1.2 percent). Use of any tobacco product was more common in men (25.2 percent) than women (15.4 percent), and in adults ages 25 to 44 (23.3 percent) than those 65 and older (11.1 percent).