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Table 2 Percentage of smokers by selected demographic characteristics, CRRTC national adult (≥18 years) phone survey 2014-2015

From: Understanding how perceptions of tobacco constituents and the FDA relate to effective and credible tobacco risk messaging: A national phone survey of U.S. adults, 2014–2015

  Weighted National estimate
  % 95 % CI % 95 % CI
Gender     
 Male 18.6 % (16.1-21.1) 18.8 % (18.0-19.7)
 Female 17.0 % (14.4-19.7) 14.8 % (14.0-15.7)
Age category     
 18-24 15.4 % (11.6-22.4) 16.7 % (14.0-19.3)
 25-44 22.3 % (18.7-26.0) 20.0 % (19.1-21.0)
 45-64 19.5 % (16.4-22.5) 18.0 % (17.0-19.1)
 65+ 7.8 % (5.0-10.5) 8.5 % (7.7-9.3)
Race     
 White 17.6 % (15.4-19.8) 18.2 % (18.6-20.2)
 Black or African American 21.6 % (16.7-26.4) 17.5 % (16.1-18.8)
 American Indian or Alaska Native 26.7 % (12.9-40.4) 29.2 % (19.7-38.7)
 Asian 6.5 % (2.1-10.9) 9.5 % (7.7-11.2)
 Pacific Islander     
 Other or Unknown 16.6 % (10.7-22.4) 26.8 % (21.9-31.8)
Ethnicity     
 Latino/Hispanic 18.7 % (16.7-20.7) 11.2 % (11.0-13.2)
 Non-Latino/Hispanic 12.7 % (8.7-16.7)   
Education     
  < High school (HS) 25.8 % (18.7-32.8) 22.9 % (21.3-24.5)
 G12 or GED, HS diploma 21.9 % (18.2-25.6) 21.7 % (20.3-23.0)
 Some college 22.3 % (17.6-27.1) 19.7 % (18.3-21.1)
 Associate’s degree 17.4 % (12.6-22.2) 17.1 % (14.5-19.6)
 Bachelor’s degree 8.2 % (5.9-10.4) 7.9 % (7.1-8.8)
 Graduate or professional degree 3.5 % (1.8-5.2) 5.4 % (4.5-6.3)
Numeracy     
 Incorrect or “do not know” numeracy response 21.4 % (18.0-24.7)   
 Correct numeracy response 16.1 % (13.9-18.3)   
Household Poverty     
 At or above federal poverty level 15.4 % (13.5-17.3) 15.2 % (14.6-15.9)
 Below federal poverty level 29.3 % (23.9-34.7) 29.2 % (27.5-31.0)
Sexual Orientation     
 Straight or heterosexual 17.5 % (15.7-19.4) 17.6 % (16.9-18.2)
 Gay, lesbian, or bisexual 24.4 % (16.1-32.6) 26.3 % (24.6-28.1)
 Other or refused 18.8 % (3.1-34.5)   
Census Region     
 Northeast 16.9 % (12.2-21.7) 15.3 % (13.9-16.7)
 Midwest 20.6 % (15.8-25.4) 20.7 % (18.9-22.4)
 South 19.2 % (16.5-21.9) 17.2 % (16.3-18.1)
 West 13.6 % (10.6-16.6) 13.1 % (12.1-14.2)
Used ≥ 1 NCTP in past 30 days 44.1 % (38.8-49.4)   
  1. National estimates taken from Jamal et al., 2014 [8]