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Cigarette Smoking in America

Port Tobacco, MD - As early as the 1930s, health practitioners were wary of the effects of tobacco, and in 1944 the American Cancer Society began to issue warnings to smokers. In 2017, the tobacco industry continues to flood the market with innovative E-cigarettes, tempting fruit scented cigars, and disposal hookahs. However, Cigarette smoking is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or one of every five deaths, according to Center for Disease Control (CDC).

In the latest update from 2015, the CDC reported that about 15 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (15.1 percent) currently* smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.

Current smoking has declined from nearly 21 of every 100 adults (20.9 percent) in 2005 to about 15 of every 100 adults (15.1 percent) in 2015.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or one of every five deaths.

In 2015, about 15 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (15.1 percent) currently* smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.

Current smoking has declined from nearly 21 of every 100 adults (20.9 percent) in 2005 to about 15 of every 100 adults (15.1 percent) in 2015.

*Current smokers are defined as persons who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes during their lifetime and who, at the time they participated in a survey about this topic, reported smoking every day or some days.

Current Smoking Among Adults in 2015 (Nation)

By Gender
Men were more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women.

• Nearly 17 of every 100 adult men (16.7 percent)
• More than 13 of every 100 adult women (13.6 percent)

By Age
Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons aged 18 - 24 years, 25 - 44 years, and 45 - 64 years than among those aged 65 years and older.

• 13 of every 100 adults aged 18 - 24 years (13.0 percent)
• Nearly 18 of every 100 adults aged 25 - 44 years (17.7 percent)
• 17 of every 100 adults aged 45 - 64 years (17.0 percent)
• More than 8 of every 100 adults aged 65 years and older (8.4 percent)

By Race/Ethnicity
Current cigarette smoking was highest among non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives and people of multiple races and lowest among Asians.

• Nearly 22 of every 100 non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives (21.9 percent)
• More than 20 of every 100 non-Hispanic multiple race individuals (20.2 percent)
• Nearly 17 of every 100 non-Hispanic Blacks (16.7 percent)
• More than 16 of every 100 non-Hispanic Whites (16.6 percent)
• More than 10 of every 100 Hispanics (10.1 percent)
• 7 of every 100 non-Hispanic Asians* (7 percent)

*Non-Hispanic Asians does not include Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.

References
1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General  Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2016 Nov 14].
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2005–2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2016;65(44):1205–11 [accessed 2016 Nov 14].
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . State Tobacco Activities Tracking & Evaluation (STATE) System. Map of Current Cigarette Use Among Adults (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) 2015. Map of Current Cigarette Use Among Adults (Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System) 2014 [accessed 2016 Nov 14].

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