Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2000

July 26, 2002 / Vol. 51 / No. 29

MMWR Highlights

  • In 2000, approximately 23.3% of adults were current smokers; this was a decline from 25% in 1993.
  • Preliminary data for 2001 indicate a continuing decline in current smoking among adults to 22.8%.
  • During 1993–2000, substantial reductions in current smoking prevalence were reported for all age groups, except those aged 18–24 years.
  • According to the 2000 National Health Interview Survey, 70% of adult smokers in the United States wanted to quit smoking.
  • In 2000, 41% of adult smokers in the United States stopped smoking for at least one day because they were trying to quit.
  • The percentage of ever smokers who had quit was highest for whites at 51% and lowest for non–Hispanic blacks at 37.3%.
  • The percentage of those who had ever smoked and who had quit ranged from 33.6% for those with a GED to 74.4% for those with a graduate degree.
  • Nearly half of the ever smokers above the poverty line had quit. Barely a third of ever smokers below the poverty line had similar success in quitting.
  • Only 4.7% of those who had quit smoking in past year were able to maintain abstinence from smoking for 3–12 months.
CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives, Protecting People, Saving Money. Learn More About How CDC Works For You…
Contact Us:
  • CDC/Office on Smoking and Health
    4770 Buford Highway
    MS F-79
    Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
    Contact CDC-INFO The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC-INFO