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CDC Tobacco-Related Article - Current Tobacco Use Among Adults in the United States

Thursday, September 20, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Current Tobacco Use Among Adults in the United States: Findings From the National Adult Tobacco Survey

Today a new report will be released online and will later appear in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The report assesses use of any tobacco; cigarettes; cigars, cigarillos, or small cigars; chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip; water pipes; snus; and pipes among US adults.Data were obtained from the 2009 –2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey. The article also includes state prevalence estimates for use of cigarettes and any tobacco.

The report concludes that tobacco use varies by geography and sociodemographic factors, but remains prevalent among US adults and shows the continuing need for evidence-based strategies that are proven to reduce all forms of tobacco use. Report authors note that evidence-based strategies, such as tobacco price increases, media campaigns, and smoke-free policies, in concert with full access to clinical cessation interventions, have been shown to decrease tobacco use and reduce the health burden and economic impact of tobacco-related diseases in the United States.

Key Findings:

  • Findings indicate that approximately 1 in 4 US adults was a current tobacco user during 2009–2010.
  • The report finds tobacco use is most prevalent among Americans with less education, less income and those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
  • By race/ethnicity, prevalence of any tobacco use ranged from 10.9 percent among non-Hispanic Asians to 37.2 percent among non-Hispanic others (i.e., American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, multiracial, or some other race).
  • Young adults aged 18 – 24 had the highest prevalence of tobacco use and prevalence among men was nearly double that of women.
  • Prevalence of any tobacco use ranged from 14.1 percent in Utah to 37.4 percent in Kentucky.

PDF of Article

An abstract of the article is available on the journal’s Web site at

Source: CDC/Office on Smoking and Health

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