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Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults by Educational Attainment, 2016

Among adults aged 25 years and over, age-adjusted rates of current cigarette smoking decreased with increasing educational attainment in 2016.­­­

  • Less than high school: 26.0%
  • High school: 23.6%
  • Some college: 19.1%
  • Associate’s degree: 16.5%
  • 4-year college degree: 7.8%
  • Advanced degree: 4.4%

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


Adult Cigarette Smoking

In 2016, 15.7% of adults aged 18 years and over were current cigarette smokers (age adjusted).

HP2020 Target: 12.0%

23.6% 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.

HP2020 Target: 16.0%

Target has been met.

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