One in five adults use tobacco

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Approximately one in five adults in the United States, 50.6 million people, used tobacco products in 2019, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

The CDC analyzed data from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey, a measure of cigarette, cigar, pipe, e-cigarette, and smokeless tobacco use.

Among tobacco users, 80.5 percent used combustible products, with cigarettes as the most commonly used product. Cigarettes were followed by e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and pipes.

A total of 56 percent of 18 to 24 yeas olds never smoked cigarettes but did use e-cigarettes.

Among the survey participants, 18.6 percent used two or more tobacco products.

“Findings from this study show that disparities in tobacco product use continue to persist,” Dr. Karen Hacker, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion director, said. “There is still much more that needs to be done to protect everyone from the harmful effects of tobacco use.”

Tobacco use was highest among people 25 years old or older with a General Educational Development certificate, those suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder, those who are uninsured or on Medicaid, those earning less than $35,000 annually, those living in the Midwest or the South, and those with disabilities.

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