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2001 National Household  Survey on Drug Abuse

4. Tobacco Use

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) includes a series of questions asking about the use of several tobacco products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, cigars, and pipe tobacco. For analysis purposes, data for chewing tobacco and snuff are combined and referred to as "smokeless tobacco." Cigarette use is defined as smoking "part or all of a cigarette." Separate questions on smoking specialty cigarettes were introduced in 2001. Specialty cigarettes include bidi and clove cigarettes. Bidis are small, brown cigarettes from India consisting of tobacco wrapped in a leaf and tied with a thread. Clove cigarettes contain both tobacco and clove flavoring. Findings from the 2001 NHSDA are summarized below.









Pregnant Women







College Students




Geographic Area


Frequency of Cigarette Use



Association with Illicit Drug and Alcohol Use


Usual Brand of Cigarettes Smoked


Youth Access to Cigarettes in the Past Month


Specialty Cigarettes (Bidi and Clove Cigarettes)

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