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.
- 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
- 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 http://ajph.aphapublications.org/.
Source: CDC/Office on Smoking and Health