Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2020

CDC released the following tobacco-related article in the journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2020

From 2019 to 2020, the use of commercial tobacco products overall, combustible tobacco products, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and multiple tobacco products (two or more), decreased among U.S. adults.  However, in 2020, nearly 1 in 5 adults (an estimated 47.1 million) used tobacco products.

The 2020 National Health Interview Survey assessed current commercial tobacco product use among U.S. adults aged 18 or older.  CDC analyzed these data and found that, in 2020, 19.0% of U.S. adults used at least one tobacco product, down from 20.8% in 2019.  Cigarettes were the most commonly used product (12.5%), followed by e-cigarettes (3.7%).  While adult cigarette smoking declined to its lowest level recorded since 1965, an estimated 30.8 million adults reported smoking cigarettes in 2020.  More than three-fourths of adults who currently used tobacco products in 2020 used combustible products.  Cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products are the predominant cause of tobacco-related disease, disability, and death in the United States.  Increasing the use of evidence-based commercial tobacco control interventions can help prevent people from starting tobacco product use and help people quit, further reducing tobacco use and related diseases.  Continued monitoring of tobacco use, and tailored strategies and policies that reach populations with high rates of tobacco use, could further aid in reducing disparities in tobacco product use.

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