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


Smoking Rates by Age


Smoking Rates by Race/Ethnicity


Menthol Brand Preference among Current Smokers


Smoking Rates by Education


Smoking Rates by Income


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

Smoking Rates by Sexual Identity


Smoking Rates by Health Insurance Coverage


Smoking Rates by Urban vs Rural Residency


Dual Use of Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes by Adults

Current smokers have the highest rates of ever (40%) and current (10%) use of e-cigarettes, followed by former smokers (13% ever, 6% current), with the lowest e-cigarette rates (5% ever, 1% current) among never smokers.


Among current users of e-cigarettes, 41 percent also currently smoke, and 38 percent formerly smoked.


Page last updated: June 22, 2020

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