The FDA recently proposed rules that call for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco and hookahs. Currently, the FDA only has regulatory authority over cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco.
Take a look at these facts about cigarette smoking in the U.S., based on 2011 data.
The percentage of adults who were smokers in 2011:
21.6 percent men
16.5 percent women
The race/ethnic group that smoked the most in 2011 was American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The majority of adults who smoked in 2011 were between the ages of 25 and 44.
Only five percent of smokers are adults with postgraduate college degrees.
29 percent of smokers are adults who live below the poverty level.
The state with the most smokers is Kentucky.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 440,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, in the United States each year.
To read more about the Great American Smoke Out, click here.
To check out the states with the most smokers, click here.