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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–24 Years Who Had Never Smoked Cigarettes,* by Sex — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1999–2001 Through 2011–2012†


The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged 18-24 years who had never smoked cigarettes, by sex in the United States during 1999-2001 through 2011-2012. The percentage of young adults aged 18-24 years who had never smoked cigarettes increased by more than 10 percentage points from 1999-2001 (65%) to 2011-2012 (76%). The increase was noted for men and for women. For each period, women were more likely than men to have never smoked cigarettes.

* Never smoked cigarettes or smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in lifetime.

Estimates are annualized averages for each period and are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. adult population. Denominator excludes persons with unknown cigarette smoking status.

§ 95% confidence interval.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged 18-24 years who had never smoked cigarettes, by sex in the United States during 1999-2001 through 2011-2012. The percentage of young adults aged 18-24 years who had never smoked cigarettes increased by more than 10 percentage points from 1999-2001 (65%) to 2011-2012 (76%). The increase was noted for men and for women. For each period, women were more likely than men to have never smoked cigarettes.


The percentage of young adults aged 18–24 years who had never smoked cigarettes increased by more than 10 percentage points from 1999–2001 (65%) to 2011–2012 (76%). The increase was noted for men and for women. For each period, women were more likely than men to have never smoked cigarettes.

Sources: Schoenborn CA, Adams PF, Barnes PM, Vickerie JL, Schiller JS. Health Behaviors of Adults: United States, 1999–2001. Vital Health Stat 2004;10(219).

Adams PF, Schoenborn CA. Health behaviors of adults: United States, 2002–2004. Vital Health Stat 2006;10(230).

Schoenborn CA, Adams PF. Health behaviors of adults: United States, 2005–2007. Vital Health Stat 2010;10(245).

Schoenborn CA, Adams PF, Peregoy JA . Health behavior of adults: United States, 2008–2010. Vital Health Stat 2013;10(257).

National Health Interview Survey. Data and documentation for 2011 and 2012. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/quest_data_related_1997_forward.htm.

Reported by: Charlotte A. Schoenborn, MPH, cschoenborn@cdc.gov, 301-458-4485; Patricia F. Adams.


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