The National Health Interview Survey last conducted in 2014-2016 by
the CDC, revealed that cigarette smoking has declined over the last
several decades, however the usage of non-cigarette tobacco products
continues to increase. Among working adults, 22.1% or 32 million
Americans currently use tobacco products; 15.4% used cigarettes, 5.8%
used other combustible tobacco – cigars, water pipes/hookahs, very
small cigars and bidis (www.cdc.gov.tobacco).
Additionally 3% used smokeless tobacco, and 3.6% used e-cigarettes.
Approximately 4.6% or 6.9 million Americans used 2 or more tobacco
Smoking tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable
deaths in the United States, and results in billions of dollars in
healthcare. The list of diseases caused by tobacco usage includes cancer
of the lung, breast, colon and esophagus, diabetes, strokes, peripheral
vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema
and respiratory infections (www.cdc.gov.tobacco).
Tobacco usage also causes mouth, throat and cancer of the tongue.
Gum disease can also occur which may result in loss of teeth and
dentures that fit poorly. Smokers are often plagued by a persistent
Every effort should be made to quit smoking and using other
tobacco products, the benefits to your health and the health of
family members are considerable.