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AsthmaStats: Percentage of People with Asthma who Smoke

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Nearly 17% of people without asthma smoke. But surprisingly, even more people with asthma smoke. About 21% of people with asthma smoke, even though cigarette smoke is known to trigger asthma attacks.

Smoking rates are different from state to state. The percentage of people with asthma who smoke ranges from about 12% in Minnesota and Utah to about 32% in Kentucky. The states with the highest percentage of people with asthma who smoke are clustered in the Midwest and South regions. See the map above for details.

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program (NACP) was created in 1999 to help the millions of people with asthma in the United States gain control over their disease. The NACP conducts national asthma surveillance and funds states to help them improve their asthma surveillance and to focus efforts and resources where they are needed.

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2010

* Includes persons who answered “yes” to the questions: “Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you had asthma?” and “Do you still have asthma?”

U.S. Total includes 50 states plus DC and excludes Puerto Rico and the two territories

** Estimate is unreliable if the unweighted sample size for the denominator was < 50 or relative standard error was > 0.30

Download this AsthmaStats Factsheet [PDF - 335 KB] containing additional information.

 People with Asthma who SmokePeople without Asthma who Smoke
STATE%%
U.S. Total21.016.8
AL24.321.7
AK21.420.1
AZ15.315.0
AR27.522.5
CA16.611.7
CO14.816.0
CT14.713.1
DE25.716.4
DC17.915.4
FL21.816.6
GA22.317.2
HI15.514.4
ID16.415.5
IL19.416.5
IN26.120.7
IA22.715.6
KS22.016.4
KY32.323.9
LA25.821.8
ME20.418.1
MD19.814.9
MA20.513.3
MI19.418.9
MN11.815.0
MS27.622.6
MO22.220.9
MT26.818.0
NE17.717.2
NV22.021.1
NH17.616.8
NJ16.014.3
NM22.418.1
NY20.115.0
NC23.119.4
ND19.816.9
OH30.321.7
OK27.823.2
OR25.714.0
PA23.018.0
RI19.315.3
SC27.820.2
SD17.215.2
TN25.319.7
TX16.615.7
UT11.88.9
VT21.414.4
VA23.918.0
WA21.114.5
WV28.326.6
WI25.118.6
WY21.619.3
Territories and Commonwealth
GU**26.0
PR11.112.0
VI**5.9
 
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