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Friday, March 7, 2014
Yes! There are over 47 million adults in the United States who smoke cigarettes or about 1 in every 4 adults. In addition, about 3,000 adolescents begin to smoke cigarettes each day and there are about 4 million youth ages 12 to 17 who are smokers.
The good news is that there are fewer cigarette smokers in our country than 30 years ago - or even 5 years ago. But we need to do better and there are differences in the percentage of people who smoke in different groups.
Smoking rates among adult African Americans and whites are similar, but the majority of black smokers choose menthol cigarettes and this may change the exposure to the cigarette and its ingredients.
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Last Reviewed: Mar 27, 2006
Karen L Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing
Professor, College of Public Health
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University