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Tobacco use causes serious diseases and health problems including cancer, heart disease, lung diseases, pregnancy complications, and vision problems. Secondhand smoke exposure also causes heart disease and lung cancer in adults, and health problems in infants and children. Preventing tobacco use and helping people who use tobacco quit can improve health and quality of life for many Americans. 

Current Cigarette Smoking by Educational Attainment, 2013

Among education groups for adults aged 25 years and older, age adjusted rates of current cigarette smoking varied by educational attainment in 2013. 
Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NCHS), CDC/NCHS
Advanced degree: 5.6%
4-year college: 8.8%
Associates degree: 17.7%
Some college: 20.7%
High school: 25.6%
Less than high school: 25.8%

Healthy People 2020 Targets 

Adolescent Cigarette Smoking 
15.7% of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days in 2013. 
Most Recent: 15.7% 
HP 2020 Target: 16.0%
Target has been met 
Data source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), CDC/NCCDPHP 
Adult Cigarette Smoking 
17.9% of adults aged 18 years and older were current cigarette smokers in 2013 (age adjusted).
Most Recent: 17.9% 
HP 2020 Target: 12.0% 
33.0% decrease needed. 
Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NCHS), CDC/NCHS.