A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helping to paint the picture of smokeless tobacco use across the United States and health professionals are a little discouraged by what they’ve found.
The new figures from the CDC say that there was no significant change in the number of users of chew and other smokeless tobacco products.
The study looked at use from 2005 to 2010 and found that in 2005 2.7 percent of workers were using smokeless tobacco. Five years later, that number was virtually unchanged at 3 percent.
The report also broke down the rate by occupation and found that a little over a percent of office workers were using, nearly 11 percent in the construction and mining industries used smokeless tobacco.
“If you look at the risk for using smokeless tobacco based on occupation it is really high in Idaho,” said Jennifer Robinson, Physician’s Assistant at the Portneuf Cancer Center.
The smoking rate in comparison fell just over three percent in that same time frame from 22.2 percent to 19.1 percent.
If you are using tobacco products Robinson says there are a number of options out there to help you quit, like medications, gums, patches, and online and phone services. Ultimately though, Robinson says it’s up to the user to stop.
“It does take the initiative to actually seek it out and it certainly has to start within that person’s own mind about how they want their health to be five, ten years down the road,” Robinson said.
The report says better marketing and the introduction of unique smokeless tobacco products may have played a role in the lack of a drop in use rates.
For more information on smokeless tobacco use rates you can visit the CDC.gov website