Adult Tobacco Use

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In 2015, 15.3% of adults aged 18 and older were current cigarette smokers.

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Introduction

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It increases the risk of cancers of the lung, larynx, mouth, esophagus, pharynx, bladder, pancreas, kidney, cervix, stomach, and acute myeloid leukemia. Altogether it causes approximately 30 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths each year.  The prevalence of adult cigarette smoking in the United States has dropped over 50% since the first Surgeon General Report on the harms of tobacco in 1964, when it was 42%.  Yet, the rates have only slowly fallen since 1991 with an estimated 36.5 million adults still smoking cigarettes.  The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, almost 171,000 of the estimated 589,430 cancer-related deaths will be caused by tobacco.

Tobacco use does not end with cigarettes.  Other forms of tobacco use are common. In 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a survey by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, reported that 13.4 million people smoked cigars and 9 million people used smokeless tobacco.

A cigar is defined as a roll of tobacco wrapped in leaf tobacco or in a substance that contains tobacco (whereas a cigarette is defined as a roll of tobacco wrapped most often in paper or some other non-tobacco substance).    There are three major types of cigars currently sold in the U.S. - large cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars. Little cigars are about the same size as a cigarette and often include a filter. Historically, cigar smoking in the United States has been a behavior of older men, but the industry’s increased marketing of these products to targeted groups in the 1990s has increased the prevalence of use among adolescents and young adults.

Cigar smoke, like cigarette smoke, contains the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds that are harmful to both smokers and nonsmokers. Cigar smoking causes oral cavity cancers (cancers of the lip, tongue, mouth, and throat) and cancers of the larynx (voice box), esophagus, and lung.  Gum disease and tooth loss are also linked to cigar smoking, and heavy cigar smokers and those who inhale deeply may further be at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.  Heavy cigar smoking increases the risk for lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It is also known as oral tobacco, chewing tobacco, chew, plug, twist, spit or spitting tobacco, snuff, dip, or snus.  Snuff is a finely cut or powdered tobacco that is either placed between the cheek and gum, or sniffed through the nose, respectively. Some moist snuff and all snus come in tea bag-like pouches. Chewing tobacco is used by putting a wad (loose leaves, plug, or twist) of tobacco inside the cheek.  Smokeless tobacco can also take the form of dissolvable tobacco (lozenge, film or stick), but this type is not widely distributed in the U.S.

Chewing tobacco and snuff contain at least 28 cancer-causing agents.  Use of smokeless tobacco causes oral, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer.  Smokeless tobacco also causes serious oral health problems, including gum disease, other non-cancerous oral lesions, tooth loss, and increase the risk of heart disease.

Measure

Cigarettes: Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who, at the time of the interview, were current cigarette smokers.

Smokeless tobacco: Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who, at the time of the interview, were smokeless tobacco users.

Cigars: Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who, at the time of the interview, were current cigar smokers.

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • Reduce to 12 percent the proportion of adults who are current cigarette smokers.
  • Reduce to 0.3 percent the proportion of adults who are current smokeless tobacco users.
  • Reduce to 0.2 percent the proportion of adults who are current cigar smokers.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 1991–2015.

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By Type of Tobacco Product

Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current tobacco users by type of tobacco product used, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current tobacco users by type of tobacco product used, 1991-2015 CigarettesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Cigarettes 15.3 (14.7 - 15.9)
Smokeless TobaccoClick to see the detailed trend graph for Smokeless Tobacco 2.3 (2.0 - 2.6)
CigarsClick to see the detailed trend graph for Cigars 3.5 (3.2 - 3.8)

Cigarettes

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by sex, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by sex, 1991-2015 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 15.3 (14.7 - 15.9)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 16.8 (16.0 - 17.7)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 13.8 (13.2 - 14.5)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 15.3 (14.7 - 15.9)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 17.4 (16.6 - 18.2)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 16.7 (15.2 - 18.2)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 9.9 (9.0 - 10.9)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by age, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by age, 1991-2015 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 12.8 (11.1 - 14.5)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 15.6 (15.0 - 16.2)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 23.2 (22.2 - 24.2)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 11.9 (11.2 - 12.7)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1991-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 25.6 (23.7 - 27.6)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 22.9 (21.5 - 24.3)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 11.3 (10.7 - 12.0)
Males Ages 18-24 by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 14.8 (12.4 - 17.3)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 16.3 (12.6 - 20.0)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 15.5 (8.8 - 22.2)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 12.2 (8.2 - 16.3)
Males Ages 18-24 by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 19.1 (15.2 - 23.0)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 11.7 (8.1 - 15.2)
Females Ages 18-24 by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 10.7 (8.5 - 12.9)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 13.3 (10.0 - 16.6)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 8.6 (4.3 - 12.8)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 4.5 (2.5 - 6.5)
Females Ages 18-24 by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 12.8 (9.8 - 15.8)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 8.8 (5.9 - 11.8)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 17.1 (16.2 - 18.0)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 18.1 (16.9 - 19.4)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 21.4 (18.7 - 24.0)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 12.9 (11.1 - 14.6)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 26.9 (25.0 - 28.8)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 13.6 (12.6 - 14.7)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Education Level
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1991-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 28.6 (25.6 - 31.7)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 24.3 (22.4 - 26.3)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 12.0 (11.1 - 13.0)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by race/ethnicity, 1991-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 14.3 (13.5 - 15.0)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 17.3 (16.2 - 18.5)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 14.2 (12.3 - 16.1)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 7.5 (6.5 - 8.6)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by poverty income level, 1997-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 22.2 (20.8 - 23.7)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 10.6 (9.7 - 11.5)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Education Level
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1991-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigarette smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1991-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 22.6 (20.2 - 24.9)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 21.2 (19.2 - 23.3)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 10.7 (9.9 - 11.6)

Smokeless Tobacco

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by sex, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by sex, 1993-2015 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 2.3 (2.0 - 2.6)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 4.5 (4.0 - 5.1)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 0.2 (0.1 - 0.3)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by race/ethnicity, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by race/ethnicity, 1993-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 2.3 (2.0 - 2.6)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 3.5 (3.0 - 3.9)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 0.7 (0.4 - 0.9)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 0.3 (0.1 - 0.5)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by age, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by age, 1993-2015 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 3.1 (2.2 - 4.1)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 2.2 (1.9 - 2.5)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 1.9 (1.5 - 2.4)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 2.5 (2.2 - 2.9)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 25+ years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by highest level of education obtained, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 25+ years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by highest level of education obtained, 1993-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 2.9 (2.1 - 3.7)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 3.1 (2.4 - 3.9)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 1.7 (1.4 - 2.1)
Males Ages 18-24 by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current smokeless tobacco users by race/ethnicity, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current smokeless tobacco users by race/ethnicity, 1993-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 5.8 (4.0 - 7.6)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 9.8 (6.7 - 12.9)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 0.5 (-0.0 - 1.0)
Males Ages 18-24 by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 4.8 (2.0 - 7.5)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 6.5 (3.8 - 9.2)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by race/ethnicity, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by race/ethnicity, 1993-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 4.3 (3.8 - 4.9)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 6.4 (5.5 - 7.2)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 0.8 (0.3 - 1.4)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 0.6 (0.2 - 1.1)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 3.7 (2.7 - 4.7)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 4.6 (3.9 - 5.3)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Education Level
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by highest level of education obtained, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by highest level of education obtained, 1993-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 5.2 (3.6 - 6.7)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 5.8 (4.4 - 7.1)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 3.6 (3.0 - 4.3)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by poverty income level, 2000-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 0.4 (0.2 - 0.6)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 0.1 (0.0 - 0.1)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Education Level
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by highest level of education obtained, 1993-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current smokeless tobacco users by highest level of education obtained, 1993-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 0.6 (0.2 - 1.0)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 0.2 (0.0 - 0.3)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 0.1 (0.0 - 0.1)

Cigars

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by sex, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by sex, 1998-2015 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 3.5 (3.2 - 3.8)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 5.9 (5.4 - 6.5)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 1.1 (0.9 - 1.4)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 3.5 (3.2 - 3.8)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 3.9 (3.5 - 4.3)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 4.8 (4.0 - 5.6)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 1.8 (1.3 - 2.2)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by age, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by age, 1998-2015 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 4.1 (3.1 - 5.1)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 3.3 (3.0 - 3.7)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 3.5 (3.0 - 4.0)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 3.5 (3.1 - 3.9)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1998-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 3.2 (2.2 - 4.1)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 3.9 (3.2 - 4.6)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 3.3 (2.9 - 3.6)
Males Ages 18-24 by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 6.5 (4.8 - 8.3)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 7.9 (5.2 - 10.6)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 7.3 (2.3 - 12.2)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 4.5 (1.8 - 7.1)
Males Ages 18-24 by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 4.8 (2.9 - 6.8)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 7.8 (5.0 - 10.5)
Females Ages 18-24 by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 1.6 (0.9 - 2.4)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 1.3 (0.2 - 2.4)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 4.7 (1.8 - 7.5)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 0.5 (-0.1 - 1.0)
Females Ages 18-24 by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 18-24 years who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 2.4 (1.0 - 3.9)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 0.9 (0.2 - 1.7)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 5.8 (5.2 - 6.4)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 6.6 (5.8 - 7.4)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 7.8 (6.1 - 9.5)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 2.9 (2.0 - 3.8)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 5.9 (4.9 - 6.9)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 5.8 (5.1 - 6.6)
Males Ages 25 and Older by Education Level
Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of males aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1998-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 4.9 (3.2 - 6.6)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 6.2 (5.0 - 7.4)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 5.9 (5.2 - 6.7)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by race/ethnicity, 1998-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 1.0 (0.8 - 1.3)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 1.1 (0.7 - 1.4)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 2.0 (1.2 - 2.8)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 0.5 (0.2 - 0.8)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by poverty income level, 1998-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 1.7 (1.1 - 2.3)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 0.7 (0.5 - 1.0)
Females Ages 25 and Older by Education Level
Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1998-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of females aged 25 years and older who were current cigar smokers by highest level of education obtained, 1998-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 1.5 (0.6 - 2.4)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 1.4 (0.8 - 2.0)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 0.9 (0.6 - 1.2)

E-Cigarettes

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by sex, 2014-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by sex, 2014-2015 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 3.6 (3.3 - 3.9)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 4.4 (4.0 - 4.9)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 2.8 (2.4 - 3.1)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by race/ethnicity, 2014-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by race/ethnicity, 2014-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 3.6 (3.3 - 3.9)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 4.5 (4.0 - 5.0)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 2.1 (1.5 - 2.6)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 1.7 (1.3 - 2.1)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by age, 2014-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by age, 2014-2015 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 5.3 (4.3 - 6.3)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 3.3 (3.0 - 3.7)
By Sex and Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by sex and age, 2014-2015
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Percent of adults Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were current e-cigarette users by sex and age, 2014-2015 Males, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 18-24 7.9 (6.0 - 9.9)
Males, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 25+ 3.9 (3.4 - 4.4)
Females, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 18-24 2.5 (1.7 - 3.4)
Females, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 25+ 2.8 (2.4 - 3.2)

Additional Information on Adult Tobacco Use

For the public

Scientific reports

Statistics

For smokers

Year Range

1991-2015

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2011-2015

Summary Tables

Smoking

Recent Summary Trend

Falling

Desired Direction

Falling