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How popular is smokeless tobacco compared to smoking?

3.6% of adults are current smokeless tobacco users (2012). This includes 7.1% of males and 0.4% of females. In 2013, current cigarette smoking prevalence was 17.8% - higher among males (20.5%) than females (15.3%).

High rates of smokeless use were found in:

  • Young adult males (aged 18–25 years): more than 10 in every 100 (10.5%)
  • Non-Hispanic White males: more than 9 in every 100 
  • American Indian/Alaska Natives males: about 16 in every 100 
  • Males with a high school education (nearly 9 in every 100) and with some college education (more than 8 in every 100)
  • Males who live in the Midwest (9 in every 100) and in the South (more than 8 in every 100)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smokeless Tobacco Use in the U.S. Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current Cigarette Smoking in the U.S. MMWR. November 28, 2014 / 63(47);1108-1112.


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