One in five U.S. adults still using tobacco products in 2015
Approximately 20% of U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015, new CDC and FDA data show.
Approximately 20% of U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015, new CDC and FDA data show. The study, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, is the first time CDC, in coordination with FDA, has used the National Health Interview Survey to assess the range of different products used by adults in the United States. The survey has been used to measure current cigarette smoking among adults for more than 5 decades, but ongoing surveillance of other tobacco products started more recently. According to the data, some 42 million of the 49 million tobacco product users reported using a combustible product, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. The other tobacco users reported using e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, snuff, and dissolvable tobacco. The report also noted that 9.5 million adults reported "every day" or "some day" use of two or more tobacco products. Additionally, use of any tobacco product varied by a number of factors, including sex, age, race/ethnicity, and U.S. region. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said: "These results make clear that more action is needed to reduce the disease and death caused by cigarette use—and the FDA has announced a comprehensive approach to do just that." He said the agency "is focusing on the role that nicotine plays in creating and sustaining addiction to combustible cigarettes, by seeking to regulate the nicotine content in cigarettes to render them minimally or non-addictive. This will be coupled with efforts to encourage innovation of potentially less harmful products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems.”