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Current cigarette smokers
Adults in Pennsylvania who smoke: 18 (±2) percent (approximately 1,820,000).
 
  • 26 (±5) percent black (non-Hispanic) adults currently smoke cigarettes, compared to 18 (±1) percent of white (non-Hispanic) adults and 19 (±9) percent of Hispanic adults.
  • 22 (±4) percent of younger adults aged 18 to 29 currently smoke cigarettes.
  • 22 (±3) percent of adults aged 30 to 44 currently smoke cigarettes.
  • 21 (±2) percent of adults aged 45 to 64 currently smoke cigarettes.
  • 8 (±1) percent of older adults aged 65 and older currently smoke cigarettes.
  • 7 (±2) percent college graduates aged 25 and over currently smoke cigarettes.
  • 34 (±5) percent of adults aged 25 and over with less than a high school education currently smoke cigarettes.

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PA BRFSS 2010)

 
Former cigarette smokers
  • 26 (±1) percent (approximately 2,580,000) of PA adults are former cigarette smokers.  29 (±2) percent of males are former smokers compared to 24 (±2) percent of females. 
  • 12 (±4) percent of adults aged 18 to 29 are former smokers.
  • 19 (±2) percent of adults aged 30 to 44 are former smokers.
  • 55 (±4) percent of current smokers stopped smoking for at least one day in the past year because they were trying to quit.

Source: PA BRFSS 2010


Youth Tobacco Use in Pennsylvania
 
The Youth Tobacco Survey of 2010/11 shows no statistically significant changes in tobacco use among either middle school or high school youth since 2006/07.
 The percent of high school seniors who currently smoke cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days was 23 (±8) percent in 2006/07 and 24 (±8) percent in 2010/11.
  • The percent of high school seniors who currently smoke cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days was 23 (±8) percent in 2006/07 and 24 (±8) percent in 2010/11.
  • The percent of high school students (grades 9 to 12) who currently smoke cigarettes was 18 (±3) percent in 2006/07 and 19 (±4) percent in 2010/11.
  • The percent of middle school students (grades 6 to 8) who currently smoke cigarettes was 4 (±2) percent in 2006/07 and 3 (±2) percent in 2010/11.
  • The percent of high school students (grades 9 to 12) who currently smoke cigars or cigarellos on one or more of the past 30 days was 10 (±2) percent in 2006/07 and 11 (±2) percent in 2010/11.
  • The percent of middle school students (grades 6 to 8) who currently smoke cigars or cigarellos was 2 (±1) percent in 2006/07 and 1 (±1) percent in 2010/11.
  • The percent of high school students (grades 9 to 12) who use smokeless or spit tobacco on one or more of the past 30 days was 6 (±2) percent in 2006/07  and 9 (±3) percent in 2010/11.
  • The percent of middle school students (grades 6 to 8) who use smokeless or spit tobacco on one or more of the past 30 days was 2 (±1) percent in 2006/07 and 2 (±1) percent in 2010/11.
Source: Pennsylvania Youth Tobacco Survey (PA YTS 2006/07), and Pennsylvania Youth Tobacco Survey (PA YTS 2010/11)
 

Additional Youth Tobacco Use in Pennsylvania Facts
  • PA youth (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year - 18,500.
  • PA youth exposed to secondhand smoke at home - 858,000.
  • Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by PA kids (under 18) each year - 30.8 million.
Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids 2011

 
Pennsylvania Women and Smoking
  • 18 (±2) percent of adult females currently smoke cigarettes.
    Source: PA BRFSS 2010
  • 17 percent of females who had a live birth in Pennsylvania reported smoking during the pregnancy.
    Source: PA Tobacco Facts 2009-2010
  • The percentages of live births to women who smoked during pregnancy was highest among mothers aged less than 20 years (23 percent) and those aged 20 to 24 (27 percent).
    Source: PA Tobacco Facts 2009-2010
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