August 28, 2013

Some Tobacco Use Increasing

While it has been previously reported here that cigarette smoking is declining in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new report of sharp increases in total adult consumption of pipe tobacco (used for roll-your-own cigarettes) and cigarette-like cigars.

This sharp rise since 2008 has offset the decline in total cigarette consumption.  The CDC found that from 2000 to 2011, total consumption of all smoked tobacco products decreased 27.5% and total cigarette consumption was down 32.8%.  However, total consumption of noncigarette-smoked products increased more than 123%.  The largest increases were in pipe tobacco (up 482%) and large cigars (up 233%).

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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