A new study finds that people in the state are more likely to chew tobacco delivery than their peers in the U.S. The results suggest that a new strategy to reduce tobacco use in young people may help reduce the number of new cases of tobacco-related diseases in the country.
According to the researchers, the findings suggest that tobacco use among young people in Pennsylvania is likely to be decreasing because it may be more difficult to quit.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, examined data from 2,078 adults between the ages of 18 and 59 from the U,S.
Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Researchers analyzed the ages that were most prevalent in the counties with the highest tobacco prevalence in the study and calculated that, on average, people aged 18-39 chew at about the same rate.
While this is not the same as the rate of smoking among people in their 20s and 30s, the results suggest people who are 18-34 are more than four times as likely to quit than those who are 35-49.
While chewing tobacco delivery appears to be more prevalent among younger people, the study also found that people who chew at least once a day are significantly more likely than those with no regular use to report having smoked tobacco products in the past month.
Those who reported chewing at least three times a day were more than five times as many as those who did not report chewing at all.
Overall, the researchers found that young adults in Pennsylvania are more at risk for developing tobacco-specific diseases like lung cancer, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease.
While the study does not prove that chewing tobacco is the reason for these rates, it does suggest that it may help prevent people from developing these diseases.
The findings come from a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We need to keep our young people engaged in the tobacco environment,” said Dr. Sarah E. Cote, lead author of the study.
“It may be the best way to get young people to quit smoking.”
The researchers found people in counties with higher tobacco prevalence reported chewing tobacco at about three times the rate as those in other counties.
They also found people who reported daily use at least five times a week were about four times more likely that never users to have developed tobacco-associated diseases.
Cite, a researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, said her team was particularly interested in studying the relationship between the rate at which people chew and the prevalence of other tobacco-use behaviors like smoking, drinking, and social interactions.
The researchers also analyzed data from more than 6,000 adults in the county who were interviewed in the year before the survey began.
The participants were asked about their daily use of tobacco products, as well as their daily chewing, drinking habits, and use of alcohol.
“The study found that there was a significant correlation between the rates of daily chewing and the incidence of tobacco use disorders,” Cote said.
“What that means is that if you have a high rate of daily use, you have an increased risk of developing some tobacco- related illness.”
While the findings of the new study do not prove a causal relationship between chewing tobacco use and the risk of disease, the new data does suggest there may be some benefit in reducing the prevalence.
Citing data from other studies, Cote noted that the rates at which younger people chew cigarettes are more common than other age groups.
“So, we are definitely seeing an increase in the prevalence in our young population,” Cite said.
Cited for its findings are the Centers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.