Who Smokes? A Profile of Smokers in the US

April 1, 1999
Oncology NEWS International, Oncology NEWS International Vol 8 No 4, Volume 8, Issue 4

ATLANTA-In 1995, an estimated 47 million adults in the United States were current smokers. A “Profile of Smokers” from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures-1999 shows that, in that year, smoking prevalence was higher for men (27%) than women (22.6%) and highest among American Indians/Alaskan natives (36.2%), compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

ATLANTA—In 1995, an estimated 47 million adults in the United States were current smokers. A “Profile of Smokers” from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures—1999 shows that, in that year, smoking prevalence was higher for men (27%) than women (22.6%) and highest among American Indians/Alaskan natives (36.2%), compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

Smoking prevalence was highest among men who had dropped out of school (41.9%). Among adult smokers, more than 80% started smoking by age 18, and more than half were already smoking regularly by that age.

In 1997, 36.4% of high school students were current cigarette smokers, ie, smoked at least one cigarette in the past 30 days.