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Smoking in United States of America

The overall smoking prevalence in the United States has been decreasing since 2006. 12.4% of the adult population are current smokers, down from 20.8% in 2006. This means there are now approximately 30.7 million people smoking in the country. 13.81% of men smoke whilst 10.77% of women are current smokers. The most recent data show there were 492,438 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 221,600 women and 270,800 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 17.9% (women: 16.2%; and men: 19.3%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in the United States and there are 9.1 million vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 3.7% (women: 2.77%; and men: 4.55%). Vaping devices can only be sold to those 18 and older and can be purchased without a prescription. Health warnings are required on packaging and there are legal restrictions on their use in public places. Heated tobacco products are legal and can be marketed. Snus is also legal, but it can only be used by those aged 21 and older and a health warning on packaging is required. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products can be marketed and are available to buy in many general shops without a prescription. The NRT market in the United States is worth €862.3 million. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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May 27, 2024 by

Australia's vaping crisis laid bare as e-cigarette policy firms as looming election battle

Kellyanne Conway's use of "alternative facts" echoes Australia's current vaping crisis. Despite evidence showing failure in the prescription model and ban, young Australians increasingly access vapes illegally. Organized crime profits from a $4 billion industry, impacting 1.5 million vapers. Proposed excise taxes could raise $9-12 billion, potentially curbing addiction and black market sales. Political leaders, like Nationals Leader David Littleproud, are reconsidering policies to address the epidemic. Public opinion favors taxing and regulating vapes like tobacco. Lobbyists suggest redirecting tax revenue to education and law enforcement. The Greens and Coalition are reviewing their stances, aiming to protect children from addiction amid widespread illegal vape availability.

May 27, 2024 by

Study finds discreet shipping used to sell e-cigarettes to minors

U of A researchers discovered that businesses on TikTok are evading tobacco sale laws by not verifying age and using discreet methods. Videos with millions of views promoted e-cigarettes and cannabis products, with many directing users to other platforms to complete sales illegally. Parents were advised to monitor their children's TikTok activity for signs of illicit purchases. The lead researcher emphasized the need for collaborative efforts between tobacco control agencies and platforms to combat illegal sales to youth effectively.

May 27, 2024 by

Deep Impact | Bloomberg’s Influence on the WHO & US Vaping Policy | RegWatch

U.S. President Joe Biden recently awarded the Medal of Freedom to Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul, politician, and philanthropist who’s arguably the most influential anti-vaping advocate in the world. Bloomberg has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to anti-vaping initiatives, fueling widespread misconceptions about vaping and influencing public health policies both in the United States and globally. Joining us today to explore Bloomberg’s significant impact on the World Health Organization and US vaping policy is Marc Gunther, a seasoned journalist with nearly five decades of experience in covering politics, government, media, and business.

May 20, 2024 by

Zyn, America's favorite nicotine pouch, is running out of stock in some states

Zyn nicotine pouch shortages have been reported in New York, New Jersey, and Florida due to supply chain issues acknowledged by Philip Morris International's CFO. The brand has seen a spike in popularity among white-collar workers. Smoke shops in New York are out of the $5 pouches, while wholesalers in New Jersey and Florida also face difficulty in stocking them. The shortage has been ongoing for weeks, as reported by Bloomberg.

May 16, 2024 by

The Menthols Ban: Delayed, Divisive and Far From Dead

The national ban on menthol cigarettes in the US has been indefinitely postponed, with political motives suspected due to upcoming elections. Concerns over the impact on Black communities, who predominantly smoke menthols, have driven the delay. While advocates stress the ban could save lives, others fear illicit markets and increased law enforcement targeting. The FDA remains committed to the ban, despite ongoing discussions and opposition from civil rights groups. Divisions exist within the harm reduction community, with criticisms of the delay emphasizing potential health risks. The ban's implications for racial justice and ongoing uncertainties around its implementation underscore the complexity of the issue.

May 13, 2024 by

Sweden's Success: A Blueprint for Tobacco Harm Reduction

Sweden is a global leader in tobacco harm reduction, with a smoking rate of only 5.6% due to embracing safer nicotine alternatives like snus and vapes. In contrast, the U.S. focuses on abstinence, leading to high smoking rates and health burdens. By following Sweden's approach, the U.S. can improve public health and reduce tobacco-related diseases significantly. Policymakers should consider harm reduction strategies to create a healthier future.

May 13, 2024 by

Nicotine pouch a focus for Mass. youth against tobacco use. What is the pouch?

Young advocates in Massachusetts highlighted nicotine pouches as a concern during Kick Butts Day. These products evade tobacco regulations and are marketed to youth, raising worries about addiction and health effects. The push for policies to combat the accessibility and appeal of these products, along with increasing tobacco taxes, was emphasized to protect young people. The deceptive marketing of nicotine pouches as a safer option is refuted, emphasizing the risk of addiction, especially among youth with developing brains. Continuous advocacy is crucial to inform legislators and shape effective public health policies addressing the growing issue of tobacco and vaping among the youth community.

May 10, 2024 by

It’s Over For These Cigarettes In New York State

Buffalo, New York, is considering banning the sale of menthol cigarettes, part of a broader national push supported by President Biden. Smoking cessation is challenging, with benefits of quitting outweighing the habit. There are debates on the government's stance on public health, with calls for a complete ban on cigarettes in New York State. Starting smoking with menthol products is common among youth, with potential long-term health impacts.

May 09, 2024 by

The FDA can’t get its story straight about reducing tobacco-related dangers

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf faced tough questions from the House Oversight Committee, addressing FDA's actions on various products. The session highlighted delays in recognizing tobacco harm reduction and the FDA's push for more user fees on tobacco. Califf hesitated to fully endorse e-cigarettes for harm reduction, despite acknowledging their reduced toxicity. The FDA's inconsistent stance on risk continuum and authorization of few e-cigarette products are concerning. Repetitive rejection of vapor product applications raises questions about prioritizing youth over adult smokers. Congressional intervention may be needed to align FDA actions with reducing tobacco-related harm effectively.

May 09, 2024 by

Cannabis, nicotine use during pregnancy found to increase rate of infant death fourfold

Oregon Health & Science University researchers found that using cannabis and nicotine together during pregnancy increases risks for poor newborn outcomes. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, revealed infants faced higher chances of small gestational size, preterm delivery, and death. Data from over 3 million pregnant patients showed a fourfold increase in infant death risk for users of both substances compared to non-users. Health care providers are urged to counsel patients on quitting either substance to reduce risks. The research aims to inform clinical recommendations and interventions for healthier pregnancies amid ongoing investigations on combined substance usage effects.