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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults* Who Were Current Smokers, by Type of Difficulty or Limitation --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2001--2005

During 20012005, the percentage of adults who were current smokers was greater among those with emotional
(43%), cognitive (27%), movement (24%), and seeing or hearing (23%) difficulties and among those with complex activity limitations (26%) than among adults with no disabilities (20%).

* Noninstitutionalized adults aged >18 years.

Based on responses to numerous questions, which can be found in the appendix of the source publication. Any complex activity limitation = difficulty with specific tasks, including personal care, attending school, keeping house, or working. Movement difficulty = difficulty with at least one of eight activities because of a health problem and without using special equipment. Emotional difficulty = a score of 13 or higher on the K6 serious psychological distress scale. Seeing or hearing difficulty = vision problems, even when wearing eyeglasses, or being unable to see at all, or having trouble hearing without a hearing aid, or being deaf. Cognitive difficulty = limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or experiencing periods of confusion.

During 2001--2005, the percentage of adults who were current smokers was greater among those with emotional (43%), cognitive (27%), movement (24%), and seeing or hearing (23%) difficulties and among those with complex activity limitations (26%) than among adults with no disabilities (20%).

SOURCE: Altman B, Bernstein A. Disability and health in the United States, 2001--2005. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2008. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/misc/disability2001-2005.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 9/25/2008

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