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2008 Polytobacco Use Rate at 2.5 Percent in U.S. Adults

Men, young adults, single individuals more likely to use cigarettes along with other tobacco products

FRIDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- In 2008, the rate of polytobacco use (mostly cigarettes in combination with other tobacco products) was 2.5 percent among U.S. adults, with prevalence highest among men, young adults, single adults, low-income households, and those with lower levels of education, according to a report published in the Aug. 6 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The report estimated the prevalence of use of any tobacco and polytobacco products using data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System module implemented by 13 states. The report revealed that the use of any tobacco product ranged from 18.4 percent in New Jersey to 35 percent in West Virginia, with cigarette use ranging from 14.6 percent in New Jersey to 26.6 percent in West Virginia. In addition, polytobacco use ranged from 1.0 percent in New Jersey to 3.7 percent in West Virginia.

The report also revealed that polytobacco use was more common among men (4.4 percent), single people (4.8 percent), individuals aged 18 to 24 (5.7 percent), those with household annual incomes less than $35,000 (9.8 percent), and individuals who received less than a high school education or received a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate or diploma (3.6 percent each).

"Because no form of tobacco is safe to use, prevention and cessation intervention programs need to address all forms of tobacco use to lower tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in the United States," the authors write.

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