Reported Smoking Prevalence Lowest Since 1965

Other important management strategies include avoiding triggers whenever possible, such as exposure to tobacco smoke and occupational and environmental irritants.7 Some patients may benefit from avoiding strong perfumes and other strongly scented products. Using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter and a humidifier might be beneficial in some cases.7 Most patients require multifaceted interventions to optimize results.7 Some patients have been reported to benefit from nasal rinsing and irrigation with saline, particularly in the setting of postnasal drip.3,11 Nasal rinsing is recommended before use of any nasal medications so that the nasal lining is cleansed and topical medications are not rinsed away prematurely.3,11 If patients are found to have drug-induced NAR, they might require adjustments to their medication regimen. If relief of symptoms is not obtained after repeated interventions, surgical consultation might be warranted in some patients.3,11
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Eighteen-point-seven percent of US adults reported any tobacco product use in 2021; 77.5% of those using tobacco products reported combustible product use.

HealthDay News — Overall, 18.7% of US adults reported currently using any tobacco product in 2021, with most reporting combustible tobacco product use, according to research published in the May 5 issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Monica E. Cornelius, PhD, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues examined recent national estimates of commercial tobacco use among US persons aged 18 years and older using 2021 National Health Interview Survey data.

The researchers found an estimated 46 million US adults (18.7%) reported currently using any tobacco product in 2021, including 11.5, 4.5, 3.5, 2.1, and 0.9%, respectively, using cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and pipes (including hookah). Overall, 77.5% of those who used tobacco products reported using combustible products (cigarettes, cigars, or pipes) and 18.1% used two or more tobacco products. Increased prevalence of any tobacco product use was seen in the following populations: men; persons aged younger than 65 years; persons of non-Hispanic other races; non-Hispanic Whites; residents of rural (nonmetropolitan) areas; financially disadvantaged individuals; lesbian, gay, or bisexual persons; those uninsured or on Medicaid; those whose highest level of education was a general education development certificate; those with a disability; and those with serious psychological distress.

“In 2021, approximately one in nine (11.5%) US adults aged 18 years or older currently smoked cigarettes,” the authors write. “Although this finding represents the lowest smoking prevalence recorded since 1965, nearly one in five adults continue to use tobacco products.”

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