Obesity[ edit ] Obesity is a major risk factor for a wide variety of conditions including cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
Yet, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U. The good news is smoking rates have decreased over the past decade and are at historically low levels.
Inaround 16 percent of adults smoked cigarettes. However, not all Americans are benefiting equally from this decline. Certain parts of the country and populations continue to smoke at high rates, highlighting the uneven progress where we need to do a better job of preventing and reducing tobacco use.
Here are the top 10 populations disproportionately affected by cigarette smoking and tobacco use: Adults that Live in Rural Areas Adults that live in rural areas smoke at a rate of They are also more likely to be heavier smokers, smoking 15 or more cigarettes per day, compared to smokers in urban areas.
Kids in rural areas are also more likely to start smoking at a much younger age and smoke daily, making addiction more severe and smoking harder to quit.
However, there has been some progress on tobacco-control policies and smokefree laws at the state or local level in many of them in recent years.
Military Veterans Military veterans smoke at a rate of That number jumps significantly in certain age groups—the highest being a shocking Many veterans report beginning tobacco use in the military or reinforcing their tobacco use during their service.
Adults that Did Not Graduate High School Adults with lower levels of educational attainment smoke at higher rates than the general population.
Adults who did not graduate high school smoke at a rate of Even more alarming is that people with mental health conditions and substance abuse make up 25 percent of the population, but account for 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked.
Secondhand smoke is also a pressing issue in public housing since the movement of secondhand smoke between units cannot be controlled in multifamily buildings.
In Decemberthe Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD finalized a rule requiring all public housing authorities PHA to implement smokefree policies to protect residents, staff and guests from secondhand smoke, which may also prompt smokers to quit.
All Americans deserve the chance to live a full and healthy life. Yet smoking rates are now higher in certain parts of the country and among certain populations in America. Complicating this crisis are that the factors listed above tend to combine and compound the risk.
For example, low-income adults are more likely to be uninsured and live in public housing. Racial and ethnic minorities and people with mental health or behavioral health conditions live in public housing at higher rates than the general population.
How do we help? We must insist our federal and state decision makers put policies in place that are focused on reducing tobacco use among all Americans.
The disparity in smoking rates must be eliminated to put an end to the tobacco epidemic. Sources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, Department of Health and Human Services.
A Report of the Surgeon General.Smoking and tobacco use raises your cancer risk. Learn how to quit and get tips to avoid secondhand smoke from MD Anderson.
The International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Disease (ISPTID) was founded in by Dr. Ed Nelson (University of Essen, Germany) with recognition that combined international efforts of professionals and educators from different areas of basic sciences, medicine and dentistry will provide a balanced approach devoting an equal .
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Get the latest health news, diet & fitness information, medical research, health care trends and health issues that affect you and your family on grupobittia.com Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than , deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.
1 In , more than 15 of every U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (%) currently* smoked cigarettes.