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Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the United States

Overview

  • In 2014, nearly 17 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (16.8%) currently* smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 40 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes.1
  • Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.2
  • More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.2
  • Current smoking has declined from nearly 21 of every 100 adults (20.9%) in 2005 to nearly 17 of every 100 adults (16.8%) in 2014.1

*Current smokers are defined as persons who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes during their lifetime and who, at the time they participated in a survey about this topic, reported smoking every day or some days.

Current Smoking Among Adults in 2014 (Nation)

By Gender1

Men are more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women.

  • Nearly 19 of every 100 adult men (18.8%)
  • Nearly 15 of every 100 adult women (14.8%)

By Age1

Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons aged 18–24 years, 25–44 years, and 45–64 years than among those aged 65 years and older.

  • Nearly 17 of every 100 adults aged 18–24 years (16.7%)
  • 20 of every 100 adults aged 25–44 years (20.0%)
  • 18 of every 100 adults aged 45–64 years (18.0%)
  • Nearly 9 of every 100 adults aged 65 years and older (8.5%)

By Race/Ethnicity1

Current cigarette smoking was highest among non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives and people of multiple races and lowest among Asians.

  • More than 29 of every 100 non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives (29.2%)
  • More than 9 of every 100 non-Hispanic Asians* (9.5%)
  • Nearly 18 of every 100 non-Hispanic Blacks (17.5%)
  • More than 11 of every 100 Hispanics (11.2%)
  • More than 18 of every 100 non-Hispanic Whites (18.2%)
  • Nearly 28 of every 100 non-Hispanic multiple race individuals (27.9%)

*Non-Hispanic Asians do not include Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.

By Education1

Current cigarette smoking was highest among persons with a graduate education degree certificate (GED) and lowest among those with a graduate degree.

  • Nearly 23 of every 100 adults with 12 or fewer years of education (no diploma) (22.9%)
  • 43 of every 100 adults with a GED certificate (43.0%)
  • Nearly 22 of every 100 adults with a high school diploma (21.7%)
  • About 17 of every 100 adults with an associate's degree (17.1%)
  • Nearly 20 of every 100 adults with some college (no degree) (19.7%)
  • About 8 of every 100 adults with an undergraduate college degree (7.9%)
  • More than 5 of every 100 adults with a graduate degree (5.4%)

By Poverty Status1

Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons living below the poverty* level than those living at or above this level.

  • More than 26 of every 100 adults who live below the poverty level (26.3%)
  • About 15 of every 100 adults who live at or above the poverty level (15.2%)

*Poverty thresholds are based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

By U.S. Census Region1

Current cigarette smoking was highest in the Midwest and lowest in the West.

  • Nearly 21 of every 100 adults who live in the Midwest (20.7%)
  • More than 17 of every 100 adults who live in the South (17.2%)
  • More than 15 of every 100 adults who live in the Northeast (15.3%)
  • About 13 of every 100 adults who live in the West (13.1%)

By Disability/Limitation1

Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons with a disability/limitation than among those with no disability/limitation.

  • Nearly 22 of every 100 adults who reported having a disability/limitation (21.9%)
  • About 16 of every 100 adults who reported having no disability/limitation (16.1%)

By Sexual Orientation1

Lesbian/gay/bisexual adults were more likely to be current smokers than straight adults.

  • Nearly 24 of every 100 lesbian/gay/bisexual adults (23.9%)
  • Nearly 17 of every 100 straight adults (16.6%)

Current Smoking Among Adults in 2014 (States)

  • In 2014, current smoking ranged from nearly 10 of every 100 adults in Utah (9.7%) to nearly 27 of every 100 adults in West Virginia (26.7%).3

The figures represent the percentage of the population who are current smokers

The figure presents the percentage of adults in each state who were current smokers in 2014.3


Note: These data are periodically updated on the following CDC Web sites:

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2005–2014. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2015;64(44):1233–40 [accessed 2016 Mar 14].
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2016 Mar 14].
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . State Tobacco Activities Tracking & Evaluation (STATE) System. Map of Current Cigarette Use Among Adults (Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System) 2014 [accessed 2016 Mar 14].

 


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