Tobacco use affects all users negatively. Unfortunately, there are some groups of people in the United States who smoke at particularly high rates and suffer the greatest negative health effects from smoking.
According to the CDC, 14% of adults overall smoked in 2019.
In contrast, smoking rates were especially high among:
People with severe mental illness smoke at high rates (33.0%)
Adults with an annual household income less than $35,000 (21.4%)
For example, non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Natives (20.9%)
Veterans smoke at higher rates (21.6%) than the adult civilian population
Those for whom the highest education level is a GED (35.3%)
Medicaid recipients and uninsured individuals (30%)
Tobacco Disparities Stats
- An Endgame Strategy: Eliminating Smoking Among African Americans in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Tobacco Facts 2022: Menthol Cigarette Use Among Wisconsin Adults
- FDA Proposes Rule to Ban Menthol Products and Flavored Cigars
- For more information on tobacco disparities, visit the websites of the CDC or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.