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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥ 18 Years Who Are Current Smokers,* by Race/Ethnicity --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1997--2008

Alternate Text: The figure shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years in the United States who are current smokers by race/ethnicity from the National Health Interview Survey for 1997-2008. During 1997-2008, the percentage of non-Hispanic white adults who were current smokers decreased by 3.3 percentage points (from 25.3% to 22.0%), the percentage of non-Hispanic black adults who were current smokers decreased by 5.6 percentage points (from 26.8% to 21.2%), and the percentage of Hispanic adults who were current smokers decreased by 4.6 percentage points (from 20.4% to 15.8%). Each year, the percentage of Hispanics who were current smokers was considerably less than the percentage of non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks who were current smokers.

* Defined as having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoking.

Estimates based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample adult component.

§ Persons of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race.

During 1997--2008, the percentage of non-Hispanic white adults who were current smokers decreased by 3.3 percentage points (from 25.3% to 22.0%), the percentage of non-Hispanic black adults who were current smokers decreased by 5.6 percentage points (from 26.8% to 21.2%), and the percentage of Hispanic adults who were current smokers decreased by 4.6 percentage points (from 20.4% to 15.8%). Each year, the percentage of Hispanics who were current smokers was considerably less than the percentage of non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks who were current smokers.

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey, 1997--2008 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged >18 years in the United States who are current smokers by race/ethnicity from the National Health Interview Survey for 1997-2008. During 1997-2008, the percentage of non-Hispanic white adults who were current smokers decreased by 3.3 percentage points (from 25.3% to 22.0%), the percentage of non-Hispanic black adults who were current smokers decreased by 5.6 percentage points (from 26.8% to 21.2%), and the percentage of Hispanic adults who were current smokers decreased by 4.6 percentage points (from 20.4% to 15.8%). Each year, the percentage of Hispanics who were current smokers was considerably less than the percentage of non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks who were current smokers.

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Date last reviewed: 12/17/2009

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