What percentage of Americans smoke cigarettes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control 2008 health statistics:
"21% of adults 18 years of age and over [in America] were current cigarette smokers, 21% were former smokers, and 58% had never smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime."
"Twenty-three percent of men were current smokers compared with 19% of women. Sixty-three percent of women had never smoked compared with 53% of men."
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- A recent Gallop poll and states that approximately 21% of Americans are regular smokers, down from 23% in 1999. It was very informative. Here are some of the facts it says: 55% of American smokers smoke less than one pack of cigarettes a day , which is also down form the last studies done. 81% of smokers wish they could quit. 25% of smokers report starting before the age of 16. It also stressed the facts of just how dangerous of a habit it is and the health problems it causes and that the first Gallup poll was conducted in 1944 which found that 41% of Americans smoked cigarettes.
- According to a NY Times article on Barack Obama on Dec. 29, 2008, 21% of Americans smoked in 2008, compared with 28% in 1988.
- There is more detailed information from the American Heart Association web site. 26 million men are smokers (23.5 percent), 21 million women are smokers (18.1 percent)
- The estimates for people aged 18 and older:
Tobacco smoke that we can see with the naked eye constitutes only a tiny part of cigarette's output. More than 90 percent of cigarettes smoke is invisible, but not less harmful. The remaining percentage constitutes the "vapour part" of smoke, which is packed with a whole array of toxic gases, among which are nitrogen oxides, acrolein, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, and carbon monoxide. Unfortunately, almost all these gas particles end up in the smoker's body, as…