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Smokeless Tobacco Rates on the Rise

Study Shows Many Smokers Are Also Using Smokeless Tobacco

Who’s Using Smokeless Tobacco continued...

CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, says it’s unfortunate that so many smokers also are using smokeless tobacco products, which “may keep some people from quitting tobacco altogether.” He says in a news release that anti-tobacco efforts need to be beefed up against all forms of use.

Tim McAfee, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, says in the news release that the new numbers showing smokeless tobacco use “are concerning” and that officials “need to fully put into practice effective strategies, such as strong state laws that protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke, higher tobacco prices, aggressive ad campaigns that show the human impact of tobacco use and well-funded tobacco control programs, while stepping up our work to help people quit using all forms of tobacco.”

Tobacco Use State by State

Here’s a list of percentages of smokers who also use smokeless tobacco, by state, from lowest to highest.

State                   Percentage

Delaware                   2.9

Washington, D.C.     3.0

Rhode Island            3.0

California                  3.2

Maryland                  3.6

Massachusetts        4.1

New Jersey              4.4

Maine                        4.7

Louisiana                  4.8

Illinois                        5.2

Nevada                     5.2

New York                  5.2

Arizona                      5.7

Hawaii                       5.7

Connecticut              5.8

Colorado                  6.1

Wisconsin                6.1

Georgia                    6.4

Ohio                          6.5

Tennessee              6.5

North Carolina        6.6

Florida                     6.7

New Mexico           6.8

Nebraska               6.9

Missouri                 7.0

South Carolina      7.0

Pennsylvania        7.1

Kansas                  7.5

Kentucky               7.7

Washington          7.8

Indiana                  8.0

Vermont                8.1

Iowa                      8.3

West Virginia       8.3

Texas                   8.4

Mississippi           8.5

Oregon                 8.7

South Dakota       8.7

Alaska                   8.8

New Hampshire   9.2

Oklahoma             9.2

Idaho                      9.6

Alabama                9.8

Michigan               9.9

Minnesota           10.5

Virginia                10.5

Utah                    10.9

Arkansas            11.7

North Dakota     11.8

Montana             12.1

Wyoming            13.7

Puerto Rico          0.9

Guam                    3.2

Virgin Islands      4.2

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