Health risks rise with multiple tobacco product use

Dec 01, 2010

Polytobacco use increases one's health risks

Smoking has long been associated with a variety of health conditions such as lung cancer, stroke and heart disease. Such ailments can lead to an early death and drive up a person's life insurance rates. Despite public service announcements denouncing the habit, many people still chose to light up every day.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that over 20 percent of U.S. adults smoke.

Data released by the CDC show that use of multiple tobacco products, polytobacco use, increases one's risk of developing tobacco-related health problems.

The analysis from a 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System reveals that polytobacco use ranges from 1 percent in New Jersey to 3.7 percent in West Virginia. The use of multiple tobacco products is more common among men, young adults and those with household incomes of less than $35,000.

"Every day smoking kills more than 1,000 people and is the leading preventable cause of death," said CDC director Thomas Frieden. "The more types of tobacco products people use, the greater their risk for many diseases caused by tobacco, such as cancer and heart disease."

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