Tobacco use prevalence and transitions from 2013 to 2018 among adults with a history of cardiovascular disease

Lindsay M. Reynolds, Cristian Zamora, Un Jung Lee, Andrew C. Stokes, Emelia J. Benjamin, Aruni Bhatnagar, Thomas J. Payne, Carlos J. Rodriguez

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BACKGROUND: Although tobacco product use and transitions have been characterized in the general population, few studies have focused on individuals with established cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a population-based sample. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined tobacco use prevalence and longitudinal patterns of tobacco product transitions in adults (≥18 years) of the nationally representative PATH (Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health) study, from 2013 to 2014 (Wave 1) through 2016 to 2018 (Wave 4). Prevalent CVD was classified through self-report of having had a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or other heart condition. Factors associated with tobacco product use and transitions were investigated using survey logistic regression. We examined 2615 participants with self-reported CVD at Wave 1. Overall, 28.9% reported current tobacco use, equating to ≈6.2 million adults in the United States with prevalent CVD and current tobacco use. Among adults with CVD who are current tobacco users, the most commonly used product was cigarettes (82.8%), followed by any type of cigar (23.7%), and e-cigarette use (23.3%). E-cigarette use without concurrent cigarette use among participants with prevalent CVD was uncommon (1.1%). Factors associated with tobacco use were younger age, male sex, had lower education level, and lack of knowledge about the association between smoking and CVD. Men with prevalent CVD were less likely to use e-cigarettes compared with women (odds ratio [OR], 0.7; 95% CI, 0.5–0.9). Among cigarette users with CVD, transition rates between Waves 1 and 4 demonstrated <5% decrease in cigarette, with a 0.5% increase in e-cigarette use. Only ≈10% were in formal tobacco cessation programs. CONCLUSIONS: Despite known harmful cardiovascular effects, over one fourth of adults with prevalent CVD use tobacco products and few quit smoking over the 4 waves of the PATH data set.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere021118
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 2021


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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