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8. TOBACCO USE

An estimated 61 million Americans were current smokers in 1995. This represents a smoking rate of 29 percent for the population age 12 and older. There was no change between 1994 and 1995 overall.

Current smokers were more likely to be heavy drinkers and illicit drug users. Among smokers, the rate of heavy alcohol use (five or more drinks on five or more days in the past month) was 12.6 percent and the rate of current illicit drug use was 13.6 percent. Among nonsmokers, only 2.7 percent were heavy drinkers and 3.0 percent were illicit drug users.

An estimated 6.9 million Americans (3.3 percent of the population) were current users of smokeless tobacco in 1995.

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