Businessman Lighting a CigarNicotine is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the United
States. In 2003, 29.8 percent of the U.S. population 12 and older—70.8 million
people—used tobacco at least once in the month prior to being interviewed.* This
figure includes 3.6 million young people age 12 to 17. There were no
statistically significant changes in past-month rates of the different tobacco