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Any Tobacco Use in 13 States — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008

Friday, August 6, 2010  
Smoking in combination with using other forms of tobacco can postpone quitting and result in greater risk for developing lung cancer and other serious diseases. Using multiple tobacco products can cause health risks beyond those posed by smoking cigarettes alone. New analyses on 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data in 13 states indicate that polytobacco use, the use of cigarettes in combination with other forms of tobacco, is most common among men (4.4%), young adults ages 18-24 years (5.7%), people who were single (4.8%), those with household incomes less than $35,000 (9.8%), and those with less than a high school education (3.6%) or those with a high school diploma/GED (3.6%). The report also found that one in four adults (18 years and older) in these states use at least one form of tobacco, such as cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco.

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