Rodu’s research focuses on the substitution of safer tobacco products by smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit smoking with conventional cessation methods because of their addiction to nicotine. His research in comparative epidemiology established the scientific foundation for harm reduction and he continues to study clinical and social interventions aimed at harm reduction.
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A fresh National Survey on Drug Use and Health summary (here) confirms low tobacco use by teens. The chart at left shows that the smoking rate continued its free-fall through 2013. Cigar use also declined over the past decade to 2.3% in 2013, while smokeless tobacco use was flat at about 2% over the entire period.
These figures aren’t underestimates. As I discussed previously (here), NSDUH estimates tend to be robust because they include any product use over the prior 30 days.
Other NSDUH data (in the second chart) point to the population that should be targeted by the FDA and CDC – those aged 18-34. The sharp jump in smoking prevalence from 11% at ages 16-17, to 27% at ages 18-20, underscores that the latter group is where the real problem starts.
[Originally published at Tobacco Truth]