One of the biggest threats to your health and a real addiction problem is smoking. Many teens are introduced to cigarette smoking as early as the age of 10. At such an early age a person cannot possibly understand the long-term problems that will come from trying something like smoking. Peer pressure can also play a role in a young person beginning to smoke. The CDC reports that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths. If you or a loved one needs dependable drug rehabilitation in Columbus OH in 2018, please call Legacy for help.
In 2015, about 15 of every 100 adults in the United States that were aged 18 years or older currently smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. In this post we will look at some statistics about smoking and tobacco usage that have been released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Some of these may surprise you.
- Current smoking has declined from nearly 21 of every 100 adults (20.9%) in 2005 to about 15 of every 100 adults (15.1%) in 2015.
- Men were more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women
- Nearly 17 of every 100 adult men smoke
- More than 13 of every 100 adult women smoke
- Current cigarette smoking was highest among non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives and people of multiple races and lowest among Asians.
- Nearly 22 of every 100 non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives smoke
- More than 20 of every 100 non-Hispanic multiple race individuals smoke
- Nearly 17 of every 100 non-Hispanic Blacks smoke
- More than 16 of every 100 non-Hispanic Whites smoke
- More than 10 of every 100 Hispanics smoke
- 7 of every 100 non-Hispanic Asians smoke
- Current cigarette smoking was highest among persons with a graduate education degree certificate (GED) and lowest among those with a graduate degree. This equates to:
- More than 24 of every 100 adults with 12 or fewer years of education (no diploma)
- About 34 of every 100 adults with a GED certificate
- Nearly 20 of every 100 adults with a high school diploma
- More than 18 of every 100 adults with some college (no degree)
- More than 16 of every 100 adults with an associate degree
- More than 7 of every 100 adults with an undergraduate college degree
- More than 3 of every 100 adults with a graduate degree
- Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons living below the poverty level than those living at or above this level.
- About 26 of every 100 adults who live below the poverty level
- Nearly 14 of every 100 adults who live at or above the poverty level
- *Poverty thresholds are based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
- Current cigarette smoking was highest in the Midwest and lowest in the West.
- Nearly 19 of every 100 adults who live in the Midwest
- More than 15 of every 100 adults who live in the South
- More than 13 of every 100 adults who live in the Northeast
- More than 12 of every 100 adults who live in the West
- Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons with a disability/limitation than among those with no disability/limitation.
- More than 21 of every 100 adults who reported having a disability/limitation
- Nearly 14 of every 100 adults who reported having no disability/limitation
- In 2015, current smoking ranged from about 9 of every 100 adults in Utah to nearly 26 of every 100 adults in Kentucky
These statistics are staggering, but it is a fact that nearly 61% of all people who try their first cigarette will become a daily cigarette smoker. The data of more than 215,000 people, analyzed by Queen Mary University of London, found at least 60.9% of people who try smoking repeat the habit daily, at least temporarily. Study authors said the findings provide dedicated support for prioritizing efforts to reduce cigarette experimentation among adolescents.
While smoking as a teen was once a rite of passage, researchers reveal the recent reduction in the number of smokers overall could be down to the fact teenagers are already “experimenting” with cigarettes less than they used to. Data was compiled from eight studies from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand to gather these results. The research selected asked respondents whether they’d ever tried a cigarette and ever smoked daily. If your teenager needs Columbus drug rehabilitation, keep reading to learn more.
The team calculated that overall 60.3% of respondents said they had ever tried a cigarette in their life, and among those, an estimated 68.9% said they had progressed to daily smoking. Because the surveys used different methodologies and, thus, yielded different results, researchers explained the estimated 68.9% “conversion rate” from experimentation to daily smoking has a margin of error, between 60.9% and 76.9%. Did you know that Legacy Freedom provides traditional and alternative drug rehabilitation in Columbus OH? Call now to learn more.
Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary, said: “This is the first time that the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data. In the development of any addictive behavior, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark, as it implies that a recreational activity is turning into a compulsive need. We’ve found that the conversion rate from ‘first time smoker’ to ‘daily smoker’ is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place. The UK is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking now and this tallies with recent findings that only 19% of 11 to 15 year olds have ever tried a cigarette, so the good news is that we are on the right track.”
Given the high conversion rate found in all existing surveys, the researchers suggested at least some of the reduction in smoking prevalence observed over the past 20 years is likely due to reduced experimentation with cigarettes among adolescents. However, they did point out questions can be raised over the recall accuracy people have in surveys concerning their smoking history, so more research may be needed in this area.
Cigarette smoking is not only a health risk, it is also expensive. In the last 20 years the price of tobacco products has risen to a point that it should be a deterrent to beginning the habit. Unfortunately though the rate of people starting the habit has not dropped dramatically enough.
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