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Table 1. 1998-1999 Tobacco Use Supplement, Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS):

Smoking status - estimates of the percentage of the US household population, 18 or older, within smoking category*

  Current Smoker (%) Former Smoker Never Smoked Population Size (thousands) Sample Size
Current** Every Day Some Days
Total 21.4 17.5 4.0 21.4 57.2 197,365 224,902
Male 24.0 19.6 4.5 25.0 51.0 94,369 105,176
Female 19.1 15.5 3.6 18.1 62.9 102,996 119,726
Region:
Northeast 21.0 17.1 3.8 23.0 56.0 38,222 47,161
Midwest 23.5 19.6 4.0 21.8 54.7 45,707 53,343
South 22.3 18.5 3.8 20.2 57.6 69,847 69,139
West 18.3 13.8 4.5 21.4 60.2 43,589 55,259
Race/Ethnicity:
White 22.5 18.9 3.6 24.4 53.1 145,958 175,378
Black 21.6 16.5 5.1 13.0 65.5 22,513 20,487
American Indian / Alaska Native 33.4 26.8 6.6 20.3 46.3 1,477 2,372
Asian / Pacific Islander 12.7 9.6 3.2 11.0 76.3 7,297 8,027
Hispanic 15.5 9.9 5.6 12.7 71.7 20,120 18,638
Age:
18-24 23.0 17.5 5.5 6.5 70.6 25,391 25,231
25-44 25.0 20.1 4.9 14.9 60.1 82,422 91,874
45-64 22.1 18.7 3.4 28.6 49.2 57,366 68,022
65+ 9.9 8.2 1.7 36.8 53.3 32,186 39,775
Education***:
<12 years 25.8 21.8 4.0 22.6 51.6 28,372 31,859
12 years (HS) 26.7 22.8 4.0 23.7 49.6 56,211 66,265
13-15 years 22.0 17.9 4.1 25.3 52.7 42,586 49,988
16+ years 10.6 7.6 3.1 22.4 67.0 44,806 51,559


*Based on the 1998-1999 CPS Tobacco Use Supplement questions: a) Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?; and b) Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?

**Current = Every Day + Some Day

***For analysis involving educational level, only respondents 25 or older are included, as many respondents betwee 18 and 24 have not yet completed formal education/training.

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Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014