- Approximately 480,000 adults or 18.4% used some form of tobacco, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, hookahs, snus, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), on 1 or more of the past 30 days.
- An estimated 4,300 adults in Connecticut die each year as a result of their own smoking.
- The average age of adult tobacco users in Connecticut is 42.7 years.
- 7.4% of Connecticut adults aged 65 years or older are smokers
As adults continue to spoke in to their later years, they tend to:
- Have used tobacco longer (an average of 40 years),
- Tend to be heavier users,
- Are more likely to suffer from tobacco-related illnesses
- 90% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease deaths (COPD, or emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is caused by smoking. COPD prevalence rates are highest among those 65 years of age and older.
- Smokers also have two to three times the risk of developing cataracts, the leading cause of blindness and visual loss, as nonsmokers.
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