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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Were Current Smokers,* by White or Black Race and Hispanic Subpopulation† — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010§

The figure shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who were current smokers, by white or black race and Hispanic subpopulation, in the United States during 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. Overall, 12.2% of Hispanic adults were current cigarette smokers, compared with 21.7% of non-Hispanic white adults and 19.8% of non-Hispanic black adults. Among five Hispanic subpopulations, Central or South American adults (7.2%) were less likely to be current smokers compared with Mexican adults (12.0%), Puerto Rican adults (16.9%), Cuban adults (14.5%) and other Hispanic adults (17.7%).

* Current smokers have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke cigarettes. Unknowns were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages.

All whites and blacks were non-Hispanic. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race or combination of races.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population. Estimates are age-adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 18–44 years, 45–64 years, 65–74 years, and ≥75 years.

95% confidence interval.

Overall, 12.2% of Hispanic adults were current cigarette smokers, compared with 21.7% of non-Hispanic white adults and 19.8% of non-Hispanic black adults. Among five Hispanic subpopulations, Central or South American adults (7.2%) were less likely to be current smokers compared with Mexican adults (12.0%), Puerto Rican adults (16.9%), Cuban adults (14.5%), and other Hispanic adults (17.7%).

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2010 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Gulnur Freeman, MPA, gfreeman1@cdc.gov, 301-458-4085; Patricia F. Adams.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who were current smokers, by white or black race and Hispanic subpopulation, in the United States during 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. Overall, 12.2% of Hispanic adults were current cigarette smokers, compared with 21.7% of non-Hispanic white adults and 19.8% of non-Hispanic black adults. Among five Hispanic subpopulations, Central or South American adults (7.2%) were less likely to be current smokers compared with Mexican adults (12.0%), Puerto Rican adults (16.9%), Cuban adults (14.5%) and other Hispanic adults (17.7%).


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