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Percentage of U.S. cigarette smokers 2000-2017

From 2000 to 2017, the prevalence of cigarette smoking in the U.S. has decreased from 23.1 percent to 14.1 percent, respectively. The number of cigarette smokers has also decreased significantly from 1965 to 2016. Cigarette smoking is a known risk factor for many types of cancers including lung cancer, bladder cancer and pancreatic cancer. Globally tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factors for preventable diseases. There are several resources in the United States to help individuals quit smoking including website, hotlines, medications and text message programs.

Smoking prevalence globally

Globally, smoking prevalence has also decreased since 2007 and is projected to continue to decline through 2030. North America makes up a small percentage of the world’s cigarette smokers. As of 2017, the Asia Pacific region had the highest market share of cigarette sales worldwide. In the past few decades there have been stronger efforts made to reduce cigarette consumption in many parts of the world. Cigarettes are taxed separately in many countries and are often required to add health warnings to cigarette packaging for consumers.

Smoking cessation measures

Smoking prevention measures cover a broad range of targeted cigarette reduction. In 2019, less than half of U.S. employers offered smoking cessation programs to their employees. Despite cigarette smoking affecting health outcomes in such a severe way few substance abuse treatment facilities in the U.S. offer tobacco cessation programs. However, a majority of those substance abuse treatment facilities did offer screening for tobacco use.

Percentage of cigarette smokers in the U.S. between 2000 and 2017

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2017

Age group

18 years and older

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