Are you a polytobacco user?

September 1, 2010 by  
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Cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products. Anti-smoking campaigns are mainly targeting cigarettes. But there are other tobacco products out there that are as bad or even worse. And when different products are combined together, the health effects can be disastrous. According to data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), use of cigarettes combined with other forms of tobacco, called polytobacco use, results in higher nicotine addiction and even increased risk tobacco-related health problems, such as stroke, heart disease, and tobacco-related cancers. In addition, using multiple forms of tobacco and nicotine products actually makes quitting more difficult.

According to Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“The more types of tobacco products people use, the greater their risk for many diseases caused by tobacco, such as cancer and heart disease.”

Examples of these tobacco products are:

  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • Bidis, a South Asian cigarette wrapped in a leaf
  • Kreteks, a cigarette made with tobacco, clove sand other flavors which is very popular in Asia

Statistics on polytobacco users are as follows:

  • men (4.4 percent)
  • single people (4.8 percent)
  • young adults ages 18-24 years (5.7 percent)
  • household incomes less than $35,000 (9.8 percent)

The report was based on a study that covered 13 states in the US. Some of the key findings of the study are:

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