What is the prevalence of nicotine addiction in the US?

Updated: Jul 16, 2018
  • Author: R Gregory Lande, DO, FACN; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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In 1965, 52% of men and 34% of women were cigarette smokers. In 2015, 15.1% of all adults (36.5 million people): 16.7% of males, 13.6% of females were current cigarette smokers. [16]  This is down from nearly 21 of every 100 adults (20.9%) in 2005. Current cigarette smoking was highest among non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives and people of multiple races and lowest among Asians. [16]

From 2011 to 2016, current cigarette smoking declined among middle and high school students. About 2 of every 100 middle school students (2.2%) reported in 2016 that they smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days—a decrease from 4.3% in 2011; and 8 of every 100 high school students (8.0%) reported in 2016 that they smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days—a decrease from 15.8% in 2011. In 2016, about 7 of every 100 middle school students (7.2%) and about 20 of every 100 high school students (20.2%) used some type of tobacco product. [17, 18]


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