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From the National Center for Health Statistics

Percentage of U.S. Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Are Current Smokers,* by Age Group and Race/Ethnicity --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006--2007

Among persons aged 18--24 and 25--44 years, non-Hispanic white adults were more likely than adults in the other racial/ethnic groups to be current smokers. Among persons aged 45--64 and ≥65 years, non-Hispanic black adults were more likely than adults in the other racial/ethnic groups to be current smokers. Non-Hispanic Asians aged 25--64 years were less likely to be current smokers than were adults of the same age group in the other racial/ethnic groups.

* Based on responses to the following questions: "Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?" and "Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?" Current smokers are persons who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and smoke every day or some days. Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. Unknowns for smoking status were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages.

Races shown (Asian, black, and white) are single race, non-Hispanic only. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race. Other race categories are not shown because of small sample sizes.

§ 95% confidence interval.

Estimate is statistically unreliable.

Among persons aged 18--24 and 25--44 years, non-Hispanic white adults were more likely than adults in the other racial/ethnic groups to be current smokers. Among persons aged 45--64 and ≥65 years, non-Hispanic black adults were more likely than adults in the other racial/ethnic groups to be current smokers. Non-Hispanic Asians aged 25--64 years were less likely to be current smokers than were adults of the same age group in the other racial/ethnic groups.

SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 2006--2007. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 4/22/2009

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