Tobacco Smoking


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


  • Current smoking: Smoked at least 100 cigarettes (5 packs) in their life and currently smoke cigarettes, either every day or on some days;
  • Disability status: Has limitations in activities due to physical, mental, or emotional problems or health problems that require the use of special equipment;
  • Uninsured: Has no health care coverage, nor private nor public health insurance;
  • No doctor: Has no one person as a personal doctor or health care provider;
  • Can't afford: Did not see a doctor because of cost, in past year;
  • No checkup: Had no routine checkup in past year. Though may have had exams for a specific injury, illness, or condition.

Rhode Island Numbers 2012

  • Rates of smoking among adults has decreased over the past decade.
  • 17.4% of Rhode Island adults currently smoke compared to 19.6%, of the US adult population.
  • Smoking rates were similar for men and women.
  • Older adults smoke cigarettes less often than younger adults.
  • The smoking rates were similar among white, black and Hispanic adults.
  • Current smoking decreased with increasing income.
  • Smoking prevalence was significantly higher among adults with annual household incomes less than $25K.
  • Current smoking decreased with increasing education.
  • Adults with less than a high school education were significantly more likely to be smokers.
  • Smoking rates for employed adults was slightly higher than for adults without employment.
  • The prevalence of smoking cigarettes was significantly higher among adults with a disability than adults without a disability.
  • Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to be uninsured, have no doctor, experience cost barriers to seeing a doctor, and have had no checkup in the past 12 months.