Tobacco Smoking


Rhode Island Numbers 2012

Rhode Island compared to United States

  • 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.

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.

By Employment Status

  • Smoking rates for employed adults was slightly higher than for adults without employment.

By Disability Status

  • The prevalence of smoking cigarettes was significantly higher among adults with a disability than adults without a disability.

By Healthcare Access

  • 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.

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