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CDC Report: U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Dips to 18 Percent

Men more likely to smoke than women (June 18)

Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, according to newly released data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Smoking was one of 15 selected health measures updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the new report.

For 2012, the percentage of adults aged 18 and over who were current smokers was 18.0%, which was lower than the CDC’s 2011 estimate of 18.9%.

The prevalence of current smoking among U.S. adults declined from 24.7% in 1997 to 20.9% in 2005, then declined again from 20.6% in 2009 to 18.0% in 2012.

Other key findings include:

  • The percentage of current smokers was higher for men (20.4%) than for women (15.8%).
  • For both sexes combined, the percentage of adults who were current smokers was lower among adults aged 65 years and older (8.9%) than among those aged 18 to 44 years (20.3%) and 45 to 64 years (19.5%).
  • The age-and-sex–adjusted prevalence of current smoking was 11.9% for Hispanic adults, 20.5% for non-Hispanic white adults, and 17.9% for non-Hispanic black adults.

The new report is based on a survey of approximately 35,000 U.S. adults. Current smokers were defined as those who had smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke every day or some days.

Source: CDC; June 18, 2013.

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