This means an estimated 37.8 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes.2 More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.1. Current smoking has declined from 20.9% (nearly 21 of every 100 adults) in 2005 to 15.5% (more than 15 of every 100 adults) in 2016. Although prevalence of cigarette smoking is lower among non-Hispanic Black high school students than among U.S. high school students overall (3.2% compared with 8.1% in 2018 6, respectively), smoking prevalence among non-Hispanic Black adults is similar to the overall adult population. 3, 6.
This statistic depicts the total number of current adult smokers in the United States from 1965 to 2016. In 1965, the total number of smokers aged 18 years or older in the United States was more than 50.1 million. Show sources information.