Cigarette smoking among adults in the US declined from nearly 21% in 2005 to 16.8% in 2014. However, disparities in smoking prevalence persist, according to 2014 national survey that included 36,697 respondents aged ≥18 years who were both current smokers (≥100 cigarettes during their lifetime) and former smokers (≥100 cigarettes during their lifetime but currently did not smoke). Results of the survey determined:
• Cigarette smoking declined a full percentage point (from 17.8% to 16.8%) from 2013 to 2014.
• In 2014, prevalence was higher among males (18.8%) than females (14.8%) and was highest among adults aged 25 to 44 years (20.0%) and lowest among persons aged ≥65 years (8.5%).
• In 2014, cigarette smoking prevalence was higher among adults on Medicaid (29.1%) and uninsured adults (27.9%) than among adults with private health insurance (12.9%).
Citation: Jamal A, Homa DM, O’Connor E, et al. Current cigarette smoking among adults – United States, 2005-2014. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2015;64(44):1233-1240.
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