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1 in 5 Americans uses tobacco products — CDC

One in five Americans - or roughly 49 million - still used tobacco products in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. More than 87 percent, 42 million people, use cigarettes, cigars or pipes.

Smokeless tobacco - such as chewing tobacco and snuff - was reported by 2.3 percent of adults. Researchers found biomarkers associated with Alzheimer's grew faster for elderly adults with sleep apnea.

It found that 20.1 percent of the United States population - some 49 million people - uses tobacco regularly.

Men are more likely than women to use tobacco. The survey has been used to measure current cigarette smoking among adults for more than 5 decades, but ongoing surveillance of other tobacco products started more recently. About 15 percent of females reported using tobacco.

And American Indians have the highest smoking rates among all ethnicities in the country. He said the agency "is focusing on the role that nicotine plays in creating and sustaining addiction to combustible cigarettes, by seeking to regulate the nicotine content in cigarettes to render them minimally or non-addictive".



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