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Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States 2011

November 9, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 44


MMWR Highlights

 

Current Cigarette Smoking Prevalence Among Adults, by Age Group (2011)

  • In the 18–24 age group, 18.9% were current smokers
  • In the 25–44 age group, 22.1% were current smokers
  • In the 45–64 age group, 21.4% were current smokers
  • In the 65 and older age group, 7.9% were current smokers

Current Cigarette Smoking Prevalence Among Adults, by Race/Ethnicity (2011)

  • Current cigarette smoking prevalence among non-Hispanic Whites was 20.6%
  • Current cigarette smoking prevalence among non-Hispanic Blacks was 19.4%
  • Current cigarette smoking prevalence among Hispanics was 12.9%
  • Current cigarette smoking prevalence among American Indian/Alaska Natives was 31.5%
  • Current cigarette smoking prevalence among Asians was 9.9%

Current Cigarette Smoking Prevalence Among Adults, by Education and Poverty Status

  • Prevalence was highest among those adults ≥ 25 years who had earned a General Education Development certificate (45.3%), and decreased with educational level
  • Prevalence was higher among adults living below the Federal poverty line (20.9%) than those living at or above this line (17.9%)
 
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