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Tobacco use can result in serious diseases and health problems including cancer, heart disease, lung diseases, pregnancy complications, and vision problems. Secondhand smoke exposure also can cause 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 among Adults by Educational Attainment, 2015

Among adults aged 25 years and over, age-adjusted rates of current cigarette smoking decreased with increasing educational attainment in 2015.
Less than high school: 25.6%
High school: 22.9%
Some college: 19.0%
Associate’s degree: 16.4%
4-year college degree: 7.3%
Advanced degree: 3.7%

Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

Adult Cigarette Smoking

In 2015, 15.3% of adults aged 18 years and over were current cigarette smokers (age adjusted).
Healthy People 2020 Target: 12.0%
Most Recent (2015): 15.3% (age adjusted)
21.6% decrease needed to meet the target.

Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

Adolescent Cigarette Smoking

In 2015, 10.8% of students in grades 9–12 smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 16.0%
Most Recent (2015): 10.8%
Target has been met.

Data source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), CDC/NCHHSTP.