The lowest rate of smoking ever in the United States

In 2018, approximately 20% of U.S. adults currently used any tobacco product; cigarette smoking reached an all-time low (13.7%). During 2009โ€“2018, significant increases in three cigarette cessation indicators occurred. During 2017โ€“2018, e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco product use prevalence increased.

Roughly 14% of U.S. adults reported smoking cigarettes in 2018, a new low, according to an MMWR article. That still amounts to over 34 million Americans who smoke.

Using data on 25,000 adults from the National Health Interview Survey, researchers found that 20% of the population reported the use of any tobacco product in 2018, with cigarettes being the most used product, followed by cigars, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and pipes.

From 2017 to 2018, adult e-cigarette use increased from 2.8% to 3.2% and smokeless tobacco use increased from 2.1% to 2.4%. During 2017โ€“2018, e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco product use prevalence increased.

From 2009 to 2018, significant increases were found in three cigarette-cessation indicators: past-year quit attempts, recent successful cessation, and quit ratio (the percentage of people who’ve ever smoked 100 or more cigarettes and quit).

CDC recommends ” surveillance is critical to informing tobacco control efforts at the national, state, and local levels. Coordinated efforts and regulation of all tobacco products are needed to reduce tobacco-related disease and death in the United States”.

Read the CDC report here.

Source: NEJM Journal Watch and CDC

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