Based on a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some Americans certainly are not giving up on their tobacco habit, regardless of all the warnings regarding health risks associated with tobacco use. The CDC report, which was published in the November 5 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, showed that 20 percent of Americans still smoked cigarettes, according to a feature on WebMD. The report also noted an increase in the use of smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco and snuff.
The increase in the use of smokeless tobacco, according to Dr. Terry Pechacek, PhD, of the CDC, may be attributed to the fact that there are already laws in place that prohibit smoking in public places. Smokeless tobacco products have become the alternative way to use tobacco; and unlike cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products can be used in the office, and on the job.
There are reportedly tobacco companies that market smokeless tobacco as a substitute for smokers; it is not, however, a way to quit smoking. Pechacek shared: “We are making no progress in getting people to quit smoking… This is a tragedy. Over 400,000 people are dying prematurely and won’t be able to walk their children down the aisle or see their grandchildren.”
According to the CDC report, the use of smokeless tobacco is most prevalent “among men, young adults, those with a high school education or less and in some states with higher smoking rates.” Its use is said to be most common among those belonging to the 18-24 age group.