Although cigarette smoking rates are at their lowest, 47 million Americans still use tobacco-based products. Government officials insisted that they should do more.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute, adult smoking rates fell to 14% in 2017 from 15.5% in 2016. This was reduced by 2/3 from 42% in 1965. In the first year, the nationwide smoking rate was recorded.
Currently, the share of 18-24 year-olds is much lower than the overall rate, from 13% in 2016 to 10% in 2017.
However, the use of electronic cigarettes among young people is on the rise, with one in five Americans still using cigarette-based products and 47 million people smoking. The recently announced adult smoking rate in Kentucky is 24.5%.
National figures were published in the CDC's November 9th Transplant and Mortality Weekly Report. The CDC used data from the National Health Interview Survey (2017) to find out whether the use of tobacco-related products is equivalent to a high school equivalent degree or GED (43%), people without health insurance (31%), Medicaid lesbians, (27%), people with an annual household income less than $ 35,000 (26%), people with disabilities (25%) and other Midwest or South.
"Demographic and regional tobacco use imbalances make it clear that we have a lot of work to do, especially in countries like Kentucky," Ben Chandler, President and CEO of Health Kentucky Foundation, said in a press release. "Recent figures indicate a road to health advocacy: we should focus on efforts to stop the tobacco industry from targeting low-income, low-educated minorities."
In addition to 14% of US adults who were self-labeled as cigarette smokers in 2017, 3.8% responded that they smoked cigars, cigarillos or a small cigar that had been filtered. 2.8% used electronic cigarettes, 2.1% used smokeless tobacco, and 1% used pipes, water pipes and hookahs. The most common combination reported about 9 million tobacco users (19%) with two or more tobacco and electronic cigarettes.
Chandler stressed that it is important to keep an eye on the effects of electronic cigarettes on behavior and health.
"The jury is still opposed to the explosion of the use of teen electronic cigarettes, which will reduce overall cigarette use, adult diseases, poison the entire new generation or cause entirely new health problems," he said. .
The CDC report calls for comprehensive tobacco control programs at national, state and local levels, including strategies such as the tipper campaign from smokers, the "Every Try Counts" campaign by the FDA, Smokefree.gov and the toll-free line of cancer research. (1-800-QUIT NOW).
Matthew L. Myers, a campaign for children who do not smoke, has proposed other policy proposals.
"To win the fight against tobacco, all levels of policymakers have to fully implement a proven strategy that drives our progress," Myers reported. "Significant tobacco tax increases, comprehensive smoking cessation schemes, tobacco prevention and smoking cessation programs with financial support, fierce mass media campaigns, barrier-free health insurance coverage for tobacco prevention treatments,
According to the CDC, smoking is seen as a major cause of preventable deaths, with more than 480,000 Americans per year die from related health care costs at a cost of $ 170 billion a year. About 16 million Americans suffer from smoking-related illnesses.
NCI's Norman E. Sharpless, Ph.D., reported, "For half a century, smoking has been the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States." "Eliminating smoking in the United States will eliminate about one-third of all cancer deaths over time."
Kentucky Health News is an independent news service of the Institute of Rural Journalism and Community Affairs based on Kentucky University's journalism and media school, funded by the Healthy Kentucky Foundation.