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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. 2010 Aug 6;59(30):946-950. This article can be found on the CDC website at  

To estimate the prevalence of any tobacco and polytobacco use, CDC analyzed data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (the most recent data available) module on use of other tobacco products, which was implemented by 13 states. The prevalence of cigarette smoking ranged from 14.6% to 26.6% in the 13 states in this analysis; however, when any tobacco use (including use of smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes, bidis, kreteks, and other forms of tobacco) also is considered, an additional 5% of the adult population in these states would be considered tobacco users (range: 18.4%--35.0%). This analysis found that use of any tobacco product ranged from 18.4% (New Jersey) to 35.0% (West Virginia), cigarette use ranged from 14.6% (New Jersey) to 26.6% (West Virginia), and use of more than one tobacco product ranged from 1.0% (New Jersey) to 3.7% (West Virginia). Use of multiple tobacco products was more prevalent among men (4.4%), persons aged 18--24 years (5.7%), persons who were single (4.8%), persons with household incomes less than $35,000 (9.8%), and persons with less than a high school education (3.6%) or with a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or diploma (3.6%).

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