Tobacco Smoking

Purpose

To identify the populations in Rhode Island most at-risk of smoking-related health issues.

Key Information

Percentage of adults who smoke by age, gender, race / ethnicity, education level, income, health insurance, and disability statuses

Rhode Island Numbers 2011-2016

Overall Rate

By Gender

  • Smoking rates were similar for men and women.

By Age

  • Older adults smoke cigarettes less often than younger adults.

By Race / Ethnicity

  • The smoking rates were similar among white, black and Hispanic adults.

By Income

  • Current smoking decreased with increasing income.
  • Smoking prevalence was significantly higher among adults with annual household incomes less than $25K.

By Education Level

  • Current smoking decreased with increasing education.
  • Adults with less than a high school education were significantly more likely to be smokers.

Definitions

  • Current smoking: Smoked at least 100 cigarettes (5 packs) in their life and currently smoke cigarettes, either every day or on some days;