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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 27, 2014

Tobacco’s Continuing Health Threat

JAMA. 2014;312(8):780. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9988

Cigarette smoking has plummeted among US adults in the 50 years since the Surgeon General’s report on the habit’s dangers. But health threats from tobacco products continue, with stagnant rates of cigar and smokeless tobacco use and rapidly increasing electronic cigarette use.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration have reported that in 2012 and 2013, 21.3% of US adults used a tobacco product every day or some days and 25.2% used a tobacco product at least on rare occasions. Combustible forms such as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes were the most commonly used tobacco products.