CDC: Young People Three Times More Likely to Smoke Than Seniors

Young people between the ages of 18 and 44 are three times more likely to be smokers than the over-75 crowd, according to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

The survey also found that the percentage of adults who identified as “current smokers” decreased with age. Current smokers were defined by the study as those who “have smoked 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and still currently smoke.”

The NHIS – a “household, multistage probability sample survey conducted annually by interviewers of the U.S. Census Bureau for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics”- collected data on 34,525 adults for the 2012 survey.

Survey respondents were first asked: “Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?” If they answered ‘yes,’ they were then asked: “Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?”