Nov 14, 2019

Smoking cigarettes in the U.S. hits all-time low

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Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults reached an all-time low in 2018 at nearly 14%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday, a decline of roughly 66% over the last 50 years.

Between the lines: Smoking cigarettes remains deadlier than vaping despite a spotlight on the 2,000-plus cases and dozens of deaths associated with e-cigarette lung injuries this year. More than 34 million adults continue to smoke, and millions more use other tobacco products, per the study.

Driving the news: This week, the state of New York passed a law to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old.

Highlights:

  • One in seven adults in the U.S. still smoke cigarettes.
  • Between 2017–2018, e-cigarette use rose for the first time in several years, primarily driven by an uptick among young adults. In 2017, 5.2% 18- to 24-year-olds used e-cigarettes, compared to 7.6% in 2018.
  • Smokeless tobacco use also increased from 2.1% to 2.4% among adults during the same time period.

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Youth tobacco use highest in 19 years

Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Table: Axios Visuals

New data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show that 6.2 million middle school and high school students use tobacco, the highest level since 2000.

Why it matters: Tobacco use among middle schoolers and high schoolers remains high thanks to the popularity of e-cigarettes.

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New York City bans non-tobacco vaping flavors

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Manhattan is expected to become the largest U.S. city to ban all vaping flavors except tobacco, after its city council voted on Tuesday in favor of the ban, as Mayor Bill de Blasio is anticipated to pass the bill into law, CNBC reports.

The big picture: There are 2,290 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury in 49 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories and 47 deaths associated with e-cigarette use as of Nov. 20, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

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Former FDA chief: "Juul should be pulled off the market entirely"

Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Photo: Lawrence Jackson/Axios

Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told Axios' Mike Allen at an event Wednesday that Juul, a vaping company that has the largest market share of e-cigarettes, "should be pulled off the market entirely."

Why it matters: The Trump administration has stalled talks to ban flavored tobacco products as millions of teens within the past few years have become addicted to nicotine.

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