Combustible tobacco products – cigarettes, cigars, and pipes – continue to represent the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
A new observational study from the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found additional evidence that each type of tobacco use is associated with a significant increase in overall mortality risk, as well as specific cancer-related risks. According to the researchers, updated mortality risk estimates were needed for several reasons, including changes in tobacco products in recent years.
For the National Longitudinal Mortality Study, the researchers compared exclusive cigarette, cigar, and pipe use with mortality risk in 357,420 people. The research was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.