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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 to quit can improve health and quality of life for many Americans. 
Current Cigarette Smoking by Sexual Orientation, 2013
Among adults aged 18 years and over, age-adjusted rates of current cigarette smoking varied by sexual orientation in 2013:
Straight: 17.7%
Gay/Lesbian: 24.1%
Bisexual: 25.5%
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.
Healthy People 2020 Targets
Adolescent Cigarette Smoking
15.7% of students in grades 9 through 12 smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days in 2013. 
Most recent: 15.7%
HP2020 Target: 16.0%
Target has been met
Data Source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), CDC/NCHHSTP. 
Adult Cigarette Smoking
17.9% of adults aged 18 years and over were current cigarette smokers in 2013 (age adjusted).
Most recent: 17.9%
HP2020 Target: 12.0%
33.0% decrease needed
Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.