Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Trend by Sex, Race, and Age

Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Trend by Sex, Race, and Age

  1965 1970 1974 1980 1985 1990 1995 1997† 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 % Change
1965-2018
% Change
1997-2018
Total 42.4 37.4 37.1 33.2 30.1 25.5 24.7 24.7 24.1 23.5 23.3 22.8 22.5 21.6 20.9 20.9 20.6 19.8 20.6 20.6 19.3 19.0 18.1 17.8 16.8 15.1 15.5 14.0 13.7 -67.7 -44.5
Sex                                                              
Male 51.9 44.1 43.1 37.6 32.6 28.4 27.0 27.6 26.4 25.7 25.7 25.2 25.2 24.1 23.4 23.9 23.6 22.3 23.1 23.5 21.5 21.6 20.5 20.5 18.8 16.7 17.5 15.8 15.6 -69.9 -43.5
Female 33.9 31.5 32.1 29.3 27.9 22.8 22.6 22.1 22.0 21.5 21.0 20.7 20.0 19.2 18.5 18.1 17.8 17.4 18.3 17.9 17.3 16.5 15.8 15.3 14.8 13.6 13.5 12.2 12.0 -64.6 -45.7
Race                                                              
Non-Hispanic                                                              
White 42.1 37.0 36.4 32.9 29.6 25.6 25.6 25.3 25.0 24.3 24.1 24.0 23.6 22.7 22.2 21.9 21.8 21.5 22.0 22.2 21.1 20.7 19.8 19.5 18.3 16.6 16.7 15.3 15.0 -64.4 -40.7
Black 45.8 41.4 44.0 36.9 34.9 26.2 25.8 26.7 24.7 24.3 23.2 22.3 22.4 21.5 20.2 21.5 22.6 19.8 21.3 21.3 20.5 19.6 18.2 18.5 17.8 16.8 16.9 15.1 14.6 -68.1 -45.3
American Indian/ Alaska Native N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 34.1 40.0 40.8 36.0 32.7 40.8 39.7 33.4 32.0 32.2 36.4 32.4 23.2 31.4 31.5 21.8 26.1 29.2 21.9 34.1 24.6 25.9 N/A -24.0
Asian N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 16.9 13.7 15.1 14.4 12.4 13.3 11.7 11.3 13.3 10.3 9.6 9.9 12.0 9.2 9.9 10.7 9.6 9.5 7.0 9.4 7.0 7.4 N/A -56.2
Hispanic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20.4 19.1 18.1 18.6 16.7 16.7 16.4 15.0 16.2 15.1 13.3 15.8 14.5 12.5 12.9 12.5 12.1 11.2 10.1 10.7 9.9 9.8 N/A -52.0
Age                                                              
18-24 45.5 38.0 37.8 33.3 29.3 24.5 24.8 28.7 27.9 27.9 26.8 26.9 28.5 23.9 23.6 24.4 23.7 22.2 21.4 21.8 20.1 18.9 17.3 18.7 16.7 13.0 13.1 10.4 7.8 -82.9 -72.8
25-44 51.2 44.6 44.5 37.8 34.8 29.7 28.6 28.6 27.5 27.3 27.0 25.8 25.7 25.6 23.8 24.1 23.2 22.8 23.7 24.0 22.0 22.1 21.6 20.1 20.0 17.7 17.6 16.1 16.5 -67.8 -42.3
45-64 41.6 38.6 37.7 35.6 31.6 27.0 25.5 24.4 25.0 23.3 24.0 23.8 22.7 22.0 22.4 21.9 21.5 21.0 22.5 21.9 21.1 21.4 19.5 19.9 18.0 17.0 18.0 16.5 16.3 -60.8 -33.2
≥65 17.9 16.1 17.3 17.2 16.0 12.8 13.0 12.0 10.9 10.6 9.7 10.1 9.3 9.1 8.8 8.6 10.0 8.3 9.3 9.5 9.5 7.9 8.9 8.8 8.5 8.4 8.8 8.2 8.4 -53.1 -30.0
  1965 1970 1974 1980 1985 1990 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 % Change
1965-2018
% Change
1997-2018

Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey 1965-2018. Analysis for years 1997-2018 by the American Lung Association Research Team using SPSS software.

  • N/A - Not Available
  • * Persons 18 years or older.
  • † Due to the redesign of the NHIS survey in 1997, comparisons with data from prior years must be conducted with caution.

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