Smoking rate among adults in the United States


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Which state has the highest smoking rate in the country? According to, Kentucky is the undisputed leader with a 25.9 percent smoking rate among its adult population in 2015. This percentage includes adults who reported that they currently smoked every day or some days; the percentages are weighted to reflect population characteristics.

The smoking rate among adults in the state of West Virginia approximated to 25.7 percent in 2015; this rate is the second highest in the United States. Arkansas came in third with a 24.9 percent smoking rate that year, while Mississippi was ranked fourth with a smoking rate of 22.5 percent among its adult population. The smoking rate in Missouri was 22.3 percent, just slightly lower than that of Mississippi.


According to the information presented by the CDC and United Health Foundation, the prevalence of smoking was highest among American Indians with a total of 31.5 percent in 2016. The prevalence of smoking among black people in the United States amounted to 19.4 percent. The share of Hawaiian/Pacific Islander smokers approximated to 17.6 percent, while the share of Hispanic smokers amounted to 13 percent. The prevalence of smokers among whites was 17.5 percent, while the smallest share was recorded among Asian respondents — only 7.5 percent in 2016.


It’s no secret that smoking can cause serious health problems. The following statistics demonstrate the increased risks of suffering from smoking-related health problems as of 2014. It was found that the risk of developing coronary heart disease or stroke is four times higher among smokers. The chance of dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases is 13 times higher among smokers. Meanwhile, the risk of developing lung cancer is 25 times higher among male smokers and 25.7 times higher among female smokers.


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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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