The use of tobacco increasing steadily in US, the latest survey reveals 49 million people use tobacco on regular basis.
The public health department making an attempt to reduce the rate of cigarette smoking. “Too many Americans harmed by cigarette smoking, the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and disease,” said CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald.
More than 15 percent of the population smoke cigarettes according to US government data released. Based on the survey 33,000 people not in jails, institutions.
Some 87 percent of tobacco user’s 42 million adults reported using a combustible product such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Just 3.5 percent said they used e-cigarettes, and 3.4 percent used cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars.
One quarter of men use tobacco, compared to 15 percent of women
People chewing tobacco and snuff reported by 2.3 percent of adults. As 1.2 percent used pipes, water pipes, or hookahs.
“Tobacco product use ranged from nine percent among Asians to 26.6 percent among American Indians/Alaska Natives,” it added.
The highest smoking rates observed in people earning less than $35,000 per year, and those without a high school diploma.
“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,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
However, he said the FDA is “seeking to regulate the nicotine content in cigarettes to render them minimally or non-addictive.”