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Current Cigarette Smoking Comparisons and Disparities

Cigarette smoking rates are not equal across demographic groups. This pages describes current cigarette smoking rates by sex, age, race/ethnicity, education, income, sexual identity, health insurance coverage, rural versus urban residency, and dual use of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes among adults.

Smoking Rates by Sex

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Smoking Rates by Age

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Smoking Rates by Race/Ethnicity

Menthol Brand Preference among Current Smokers

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Smoking Rates by Education

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Smoking Rates by Income

Based on 2014 poverty thresholds from the Census Bureau, which depend on size and age composition of family.

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Smoking Rates by Sexual Identity

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Smoking Rates by Health Insurance Coverage

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Smoking Rates by Urban vs Rural Residency

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Dual Use of Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes by Adults

Current smokers have the highest rates of ever (42%) and current (11%) use of e-cigarettes, followed by former smokers (12% ever, 5% current), with the lowest e-cigarette rates (5% ever, 1% current) among never smokers.

Among current users of e-cigarettes, 50 percent also currently smoke, and 33 percent formerly smoked.

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  • Sources
    1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1965-2017. Analysis performed by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software.
    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011-2017. Analysis by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software. 2002-2009 from MMWRs.
    3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. June 15, 2018; 67(SS-08).
    4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Office of Applied Studies. National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002-2017.
    5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2014.
    6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2017. Analysis by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software.
    7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 2017.
    8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System. Youth Tobacco Survey, 2017.

    Page Last Updated: February 19, 2019

    • Sources
      1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1965-2017. Analysis performed by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software.
      2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011-2017. Analysis by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software. 2002-2009 from MMWRs.
      3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. June 15, 2018; 67(SS-08).
      4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Office of Applied Studies. National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002-2017.
      5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2014.
      6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2017. Analysis by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software.
      7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 2017.
      8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System. Youth Tobacco Survey, 2017.
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