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When adding other categories, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, 19.3 percent of adults, or 47 million people, used tobacco products of some kind in 2017, according to the CDC.Cigars, cigarillos or filtered little cigars were the second-most used product behind cigarettes, with 3.8 percent of adults, or 9.3 million people, saying they used them.
"The declines we saw in 2017 for adult smoking are certainly unprecedented," said Brian King, a deputy director in the CDC's office on smoking and health, while cautioning against considering the data an overall public health win.This historic low represents a 67 percent decline from 1965, when the National Health Interview Survey started tracking the figure and 42.4 percent of adults smoked cigarettes.The new data highlight how successful public health efforts have been over the past few decades.Preliminary federal data show a 77 percent surge in high school students using e-cigarettes, figures that have prompted the Food and Drug Administration to label this an "epidemic."The agency ordered five manufacturers — Juul, British American Tobacco's Vuse, Altria's Mark Ten, Imperial Brands' Blu E-cigs and Japan Tobacco's Logic — to submit plans within 60 days on reducing teen use.The five companies represent about 97 percent of the e-cigarette market, according to the FDA.
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Nearly 4 percent of adults use two or more tobacco products, with cigarettes and e-cigarettes representing the most common combination.