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Cigarette smoking, adults, 1965–2012

Decrease Desired

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

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who were current smokers (smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and reported currently smoking every day or on some days), and are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population. Data prior to 1997 are not strictly comparable with data for later years due to the 1997 questionnaire redesign.

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who were current smokers (smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and reported currently smoking every day or on some days) has continued to decline since 1965. Between 1997 and 2012, the proportion of adults who were current smokers decreased 24.2%, from 24.0% to 18.2% (age adjusted).

Revised: 
Monday, August 25, 2014

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