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Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥ 18 Years—United States, 2005–2010

September 9, 2011 / Vol. 60 / No. 35


MMWR Highlights


Cigarette Smoking Prevalence Among Adults (2005–2010)

  • Nearly 1 in 5 adults (45.3 million) smokes. Among all adults, smoking declined from 20.9% in 2005 to 19.3% in 2010.
  • Among adult daily smokers, the percentage who smokes 30 or more cigarettes per day dropped from 13% in 2005 to 8% in 2010.
  • Half of adults who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related causes.

Percentage of Adults who were Current Smokers (2010)

By Racial/Ethnic Groups
  • 31.4% Non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 25.9% Non-Hispanic multiple race
  • 21.0% Non-Hispanic white
  • 20.6% Non-Hispanic black
  • 12.5% Hispanic
  • 9.2% Non-Hispanic Asian
By Gender
  • 21.5% men
  • 17.3% women
By Education
  • 25.1% Less than high school
  • 45.2% GED
  • 23.8% High school graduate
  • 23.2% Some college
  • 18.8% Associate degree
  • 9.9% Undergraduate degree
  • 6.3% Postgraduate degree
By Income Status
  • 28.9% Below Poverty Level
  • 18.3% At/Above Level

 
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