This table shows the percentage of persons aged ≥ 18 who were current smokers by selected characteristics. The table follows below:

TABLE. Percentage of persons aged ≥ 18 years who were current smokers*, by selected characteristics — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2002

 

Men
(n = 13,332)

Women
(n = 17,374)

Total
(n = 30,706)

Characteristic

%

(95% CI†)

%

(95% CI)

%

(95% CI)

Race/Ethnicity§

 

 

 

 

 

 

White, non-Hispanic

25.5

(±1.1)

21.8

(±1.0)

23.6

(±0.8)

Black, non-Hispanic

27.1

(±2.4)

18.7

(±1.8)

22.4

(±1.6)

Hispanic

22.7

(±2.2)

10.8

(±1.3)

16.7

(±1.2)

American Indian/Alaska Native¶

40.5

(±13.9)

40.9

(±12.8)

40.8

(±9.8)

Asian**

19.0

(±4.0)

6.5

(±2.2)

13.3

(±2.4)

Education††

 

 

 

 

 

 

0–12 yrs (no diploma)

32.0

(±2.2)

23.8

(±1.8)

27.6

(±1.4)

<8 yrs

25.4

(±3.2)

13.5

(±2.2)

19.3

(±2.0)

9–11 yrs

38.1

(±3.7)

30.9

(±2.9)

34.1

(±2.1)

12 yrs (no diploma)

32.3

(±6.8)

29.7

(±6.1)

31.0

(±4.4)

GED (diploma)§§

47.4

(±5.6)

37.2

(±5.0)

42.3

(±3.7)

12 yrs (diploma)

29.8

(±2.0)

22.1

(±1.5)

25.6

(±1.3)

Associate degree

24.1

(±2.9)

19.6

(±2.2)

21.5

(±1.7)

Some college (no degree)

24.8

(±2.2)

21.6

(±1.6)

23.1

(±1.4)

Undergraduate degree

13.6

(±1.7)

10.5

(±1.4)

12.1

(±1.1)

Graduate degree

7.8

(±1.6)

6.4

(±1.5)

7.2

(±1.1)

Age group (yrs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

18–24

32.4

(±2.8)

24.6

(±2.5)

28.5

(±2.0)

25–44

28.7

(±1.4)

22.8

(±1.3)

25.7

(±1.0)

45–64

24.5

(±1.4)

21.1

(±1.2)

22.7

(±0.9)

≥65

10.1

(±1.4)

8.6

(±1.1)

9.3

(±0.8)

Poverty level¶¶

 

 

 

 

 

 

At or above

24.8

(±1.1)

19.7

(±0.9)

22.2

(±0.7)

Below

36.9

(±3.3)

30.1

(±2.8)

32.9

(±2.3)

Unknown

23.0

(±1.8)

16.9

(±1.3)

19.7

(±1.1)

Total

25.2

(±0.9)

20.0

(±0.8)

22.5

(±0.6)

* Persons who reported smoking ≥100 cigarettes during their lifetimes and who reported at the time of interview smoking every day or some days. Excludes 338 respondents whose smoking status was unknown.

† Confidence interval.

§ Excludes 343 respondents of unknown, multiple, and other racial/ethnic categories.

¶ Wide variances among estimates reflect small sample sizes.

** Does not include native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

†† Persons aged ≥25 years. Excludes 369 persons with unknown years of education.

§§ General Educational Development.

¶¶ Published 2000 poverty thresholds from the U.S. Bureau of the Census were used in these calculations.