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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 6, 2014

Industries Where Smokeless Tobacco Use Is Highest

JAMA. 2014;312(5):478. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9016

Smokeless tobacco use is highest in the mining, wholesale trade, and construction industries, according to a recent study.

Investigators who analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey reported that smokeless tobacco use rates remained steady at about 3% among all US workers from 2005 to 2010 (Mazurek JM et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[22]:477-482).

Among 10 industry groups, smokeless tobacco use in 2010 was highest among workers in the mining (18.8%), wholesale trade (8.9%), and construction (7.9%) industries. By occupation group, workers in construction and extraction (10.8%) and installation, maintenance, and repair (9%) had the highest rates.

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