The use of tobacco pipes has become a growing concern in the U.S., especially among young people, and it has become more popular with people who are obese, a new report found.
The study, published Monday by the U of T Scarborough School of Public Health, said the number of people in the country who smoke tobacco has grown by roughly 4% per year.
Smoking paraphernals are commonly seen in public places such as restaurants, parks and public spaces, according to the report.
A total of 1.7 million people were surveyed in the study, which also included data on the use of e-cigarettes and cigars.
The average age of smokers was 25, up from 21 in 2014.
About half of people aged 15 to 34 were smokers, while 15% were former smokers and 7% were current smokers.
Most people said they smoked at least once a day, up slightly from 2013, the report said.
About one-third of smokers were using e-cigarette devices to help them quit smoking.
About 15% of smokers used a disposable e-cig, which has a plastic case that looks like a cigarette, the study said.
Smoking rates are rising in Canada, where the rate of use has increased dramatically in the past decade, according the report, which was based on data from the Canadian Centre for Health Information.
The Canadian Centre on Smoking and Health has noted that the country’s smoking rate is at its highest level in more than 40 years.
The report said that people with a disability were the most likely to use e-cigs, followed by those with a mental health condition and people who were married or cohabiting.
“We’re seeing a huge uptick in the number and prevalence of tobacco use in these populations, which is a concern,” Dr. David Ehrlich, chief medical officer at the Canadian Cancer Society, told reporters.
“The smoking rate among people with mental health conditions has increased by almost a third in the last decade.
We need to be able to monitor this population and address the concerns they have.”
E-cigarettes were first approved for use in Canada in 2011.
The devices emit a vapor that contains nicotine and other chemicals.
They also deliver nicotine to the user’s mouth without the need for an inhaler.
The U.K. also recently introduced its own device, which resembles a nicotine inhaler, which contains no nicotine.