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Percent of Adults Who Smoked >24 Cigarettes Daily by Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Age and Education

Percent of Adults Who Smoked >24 Cigarettes Daily by Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Age and Education

  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
1974-2018‡
Sex                                                        
Male 31.1 33.7 32.4 28.5 25.5 21.9 23.5 20.2 20.7 18.6 18.2 16.1 16.5 16.4 15.4 13.1 12.2 11.7 12.6 13.5 9.7 10.3 10.7 11.4 10.5 9.1 9.7 -68.8
Female 18.7 23.2 20.6 16.6 14.1 13.5 13.1 12.6 11.7 10.6 10.1 9.2 9.9 9.0 8.1 7.8 7.2 5.7 5.7 7.7 6.0 5.1 4.7 4.5 5.9 4.3 5.3 -71.5
Race                                                        
White 27.6 31.6 29.5 25.4 22.2 20.4 20.5 18.3 18.5 16.7 16.3 14.2 14.9 14.5 13.6 12.1 11.3 10.1 10.3 12.4 9.0 9.2 8.6 9.1 9.5 7.6 8.6 -69.0
Black 8.7 9.4 9.3 6.0 7.7 5.0 9.1 7.6 5.5 5.4 5.8 4.9 5.3 5.3 4.9 3.0 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.1 2.8 1.2 4.2 2.4 2.0 3.0 4.5 -48.7
Hispanic Origin                                                        
Hispanic NA 13.4 15.8 6.8 8.6 5.3 5.7 5.8 5.9 4.5 4.0 3.0 3.4 4.3 2.9 2.4 1.9 1.5 3.8 4.5 1.4 2.6 3.7 0.7 1.2 3.3 2.4 -82.4
Non-Hispanic NA 29.6 27.2 24.1 21.0 19.1 19.7 17.5 17.4 15.7 15.4 13.9 14.6 14.0 13.1 11.5 10.8 9.8 9.8 11.3 8.6 8.4 8.2 8.7 9.1 7.1 8.2 -72.1
Age (Years)                                                        
18-24 15.1 17.0 13.6 9.1 10.5 8.8 10.0 6.1 6.7 5.2 4.9 4.8 4.5 7.7 5.0 4.4 2.5 2.3 3.8 3.5 1.2 1.8 2.3 2.1 4.2 0.5 4.5 -70.4
25-44 29.2 31.5 29.5 22.9 18.1 17.4 16.4 15.9 15.9 14.3 14.1 11.5 12.0 11.0 10.5 9.0 9.0 7.3 7.0 8.2 5.1 6.8 6.0 6.1 6.3 4.4 5.9 -79.8
45-64 27.3 34.5 31.1 30.8 27.5 24.1 26.2 23.3 22.0 20.8 20.7 18.3 18.5 17.8 16.0 14.1 13.4 13.1 12.5 14.6 11.7 10.3 10.1 9.7 10.5 9.9 9.5 -65.1
≥65 17.7 18.2 19.4 18.9 22.6 16.9 19.2 16.1 16.9 12.4 10.7 13.7 16.1 14.3 17.2 16.5 11.0 10.1 13.0 14.4 12.8 10.1 12.1 13.3 10.5 7.3 8.6 -51.6
Education (Years)                                                        
Less than High School 25.8 29.4 29.0 24.5 27.5 20.3 23.5 19.0 19.0 16.0 19.1 14.3 15.3 14.1 15.6 14.5 12.3 13.1 13.0 13.6 10.9 10.1 10.9 13.1 9.3 9.6 10.3 -60.1
High School Diploma or GED 27.8 31.6 29.0 25.7 22.9 19.4 19.3 17.5 18.3 17.0 15.0 14.1 15.6 15.6 14.1 12.7 11.8 8.7 8.9 11.2 8.4 8.2 8.3 7.6 10.3 7.6 8.5 -69.6
Some College 32.5 32.7 29.3 25.5 17.2 15.6 15.7 15.3 13.6 13.8 12.8 12.2 11.1 11.3 9.7 7.0 7.3 8.4 8.6 10.2 5.8 7.3 6.7 6.3 6.8 4.3 5.6 -82.8
Bachelors Degree or Higher 27.3 33.3 28.7 22.6 13.5 13.0 12.3 11.4 11.0 8.4 8.2 8.2 9.3 6.9 5.9 7.5 6.8 4.8 5.4 5.5 7.7 5.1 4.2 5.8 5.2 6.7 7.1 -74.0
  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
1974-2018‡

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
  • † Due to the redesign of the NHIS survey in 1997, comparisons with data from prior years must be conducted with caution.
  • ‡ Percent changes for Hispanic origin are from 1980-2018.

Page last updated: June 22, 2020

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