People With Disabilities
In the United States, 1 in 4 (an estimated 61.4 million) adults have a functional disability, meaning that they reported having serious difficulty with hearing, vision, cognition, mobility, self-care, and/or independent living.*
Adults with disabilities are more likely to smoke cigarettes than those without disabilities.
- About 1 in 5 (18.5%) U.S. adults who have disabilities smokes cigarettes compared with 10.9% of adults without disabilities.†
If you smoke, you are at increased risk for smoking-related illness and death. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death.
Quitting smoking improves quality of life, reduces the risk of many smoking-related diseases, and can add up to 10 years to life expectancy. There are treatments that can help people quit, including counseling and quit smoking medications.
Learn what percent of people currently smokes cigarettes, both in the United States overall and among specific population groups.
Learn more about all of the Tips participants, including stories from people living with disabilities who quit smoking, in our Real Stories section.
- quitSTART appexternal icon—tips, information, and challenges to help you quit
- 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (Español)
- 1-800-838-8917 (中文)
- 1-800-556-5564 (한국어)
- 1-800-778-8440 (Tiếng Việt)
- Quit Smoking (En Español)
- Smokefree.govexternal icon (En Español)
- Asian Smokers’ Quitlineexternal icon
Learn more about all Tips participants, including stories from people living with disabilities who quit smoking, in our Real Stories section.
* Prevalence of Disabilities and Health Care Access by Disability Status and Type Among Adults — United States, 2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2018.
† Tobacco Product Use Among Adults – United States, 2021. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2023.