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 Educational Attainment, 2015
Among adults aged 25 years and over, age-adjusted rates of current cigarette smoking varied by educational attainment in 2015.
- 3.7% among adults with an advanced degree
- 7.3% among adults with a 4-year college degree; twice the best group rate
- 16.4% among adults with an associate’s degree; 4.5 times the best group rate
- 19.0% among adults with some college education; more than 5 times the best group rate
- 22.9% among high school graduates; more than 6 times the best group rate
- 25.6% among adults with less than a high school education; 7 times the best group rate
Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.