Although cigarette smoking among U.S. adults have declined over the past five decades, the prevalence of use of other tobacco products such as cigars and smokeless tobacco has not changed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, more Americans are using electronic cigarettes, the CDC reported in June, using data from the 2012-13 National Adult Tobacco Survey.
The CDC found that 21.3 percent of U.S. adults (about 1 in 5 U.S. adults) used a tobacco product every day or some days, and 25.2 percent used a tobacco product every day, some days, or rarely.
According to MouthHealthy.org, the ADA's consumer website, tobacco products can cause bad breath, stained teeth and tongue, dulled sense of taste and smell, slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery, gum disease and oral cancer.
The CDC reported that the prevalence of "every day or some days" cigarette smoking was 18 percent, down from 19.5 percent in the 2009-2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey.
Prevalence of "every day or some days" use of other tobacco products was as follows: cigars, 2 percent; regular pipes, 0.3 percent; water pipes/hookah, 0.5 percent; e-cigarettes, 1.9 percent; smokeless tobacco, 2.6 percent.
In January 2014, the U.S. marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health by expanding the list of illnesses associated with smoking. The report had concluded that disease and deaths from tobacco use are "overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted products."
More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those deaths, 2.5 million were nonsmokers who died because they breathed secondhand smoke-air that was polluted by other people's cigarette smoke.
For more information on the effects of smoke and tobacco on your oral health, visit Mouthhealthy.org and search "smoking and tobacco." To view the CDC report, visit cdc.gov and search "Tobacco Product Use Among Adults-United States, 2012-2013."© American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.