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How many people smoke in the U.S.?

We have made some progress in the past several decades, but still 17.8% or 42 million adults in the U.S. smoke. Cigarette smoking is more common among men (20.5%) than women (15.3%). In 2013, more than one in five high school students (22.9%) and more than one in 20 middle school students (6.5%) reported using a tobacco product on 1 or more days during the past 30 days. In addition, nearly half of high school students (46.0%) and almost one in five of middle school students (17.7%) had ever used tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, snus, smokeless tobacco, pipes, bidis, keteks, dissolvable tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smokeless Tobacco Use in the U.S. Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2005–2013. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2014;63(47):1108-1112.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2013.   Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2014;63:1021-6

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