CDC Wants More Cigarette Taxes, Regs As Tobacco Usage Flattens

The rapid decline in Americans’ tobacco use has leveled off, and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling for new taxes, regulations and warnings to force Americans to kick the habit.

In a new report, the CDC found that 50 million, or one in five, Americans use tobacco every day or some days, and 60 million, or one in four, “every day, some days or rarely.”

It also revealed that the use of electronic cigarettes is surging, and and e-cigarettes now account for nearly 5 percent of the smoking market.

Worse: Americans aged 18-24 showed up as the top group of daily, sometimes and rare users in the 2012-13 National Adult Tobacco Survey just released. “It cannot be determined from these data whether this represents early initiation that will escalate to established use,” said the CDC report.