Nicotine

 
Brief Description

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking results in more than 443,000 premature deaths in the United States each year—about 1 in every 5 U.S. deaths2—and an additional 8.6 million people suffer with a serious illness caused by smoking.3 Thus, for every one person who dies from smoking, 20 more suffer from at least one serious tobacco-related illness.3 Learn more

Statistics and Trends

 

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th-Graders, 10th-Graders, and 12th-Graders; 2013 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th-Graders 10th-Graders 12th-Graders
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime 14.80 [25.70] 38.10
Past Month 4.50 [9.10] 16.30
Daily 1.80 4.40 8.50
1/2-pack+/day 0.70 1.50 3.40
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 7.90 14.00 17.20
Past Month 2.80 6.40 8.10
Daily 0.50 1.90 3.00

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2012 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime 61.90 [17.40] [59.50] 67.90
Past Year 26.10 [11.80] 41.00 25.30
Past Month 22.10 [6.60] [31.80] 22.40
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 17.70 6.40 19.90 18.70
Past Year 4.60 [3.90] 9.00 4.00
Past Month 3.50 2.10 5.50 3.30

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