Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of U.S. death, disease and disability. Each year, more than 440,000 people die and 8.6 million suffer from serious illnesses from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, tobacco use costs the U.S. $193 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.
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Percentage of U.S. Adults Who Smoke Cigarettes
Percentage (weighted population estimate) of adults who have smoked 100 cigarettes in their entire life and currently smoke cigarettes every day or some days. Based on (self-reported) answers to the following two questions: Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life? and, if yes: Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days or not at all?
Inclusion Criteria: Adults aged 18 years and over. Estimates for which the relative standard error is <=30%.
Exclusion Criteria: 1. Persons under age 18 years. 2. Adults 18 years and over with cigarette smoking status unknown. 3. Non-cigarette tobacco use. 4. For educational status: persons under age 25 years. 5. Estimates for which the relative standard error is > 30%.
Estimates may have been suppressed if there were additional concerns over statistical reliability.
This measure is calculated by CDC/ National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) with data from the National Health Interview Survey.