According to the World Health Organization, tobacco smoking prevalence has increased with approximately 200 million worldwide. By the year 2002, around 20% of youths worldwide were smoking tobacco. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2015 out of every 100 adults in the United States, 15 were cigarette smokers. It is recorded that Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. It accounts for more than 480,000 deaths per year.
Prevalence of smoking among the youths
It is reported that 90% of all smokers tried their first smoke when they were aged around 18 years. 99% tried their first smoke by age 26. Currently around 3,200 youths aged 18 years and younger, experiment with cigarette smoking daily. In the middle school it is estimated that about two(2) of every one hundred(100) students tried smoking in 2015. In high school, nine out of a hundred students smoked in the same year. However, worrying, these data are a decline from the data recorded in 2011.
Smoking Prevalence by Gender
Smoking in the U.S is common to both males and females. However, there are more males who smoke as compared to the females. The researches by Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exposed that out of every 100 male adults, there are 17 are cigarette smokers. This accounts for around 16.7% of male smokers. It also proved that out of every 100 adult females, 13 are smokers. This accounts for 13.6% female smokers in the United States.
Prevalence by Age
The young adults aged between eighteen years to twenty-four years smoking cigarettes were estimated to be 16.7%. Meaning that in every 100 young adults in this age bracket, 13 are smokers. Among the middle aged adults aged between 25 years to 44 years, 20% were smokers. That is in every 100 adults in this age bracket nearly 18 were smokers. Among the adults aged between 45 years to 64 years, 18% were smokers. This translates to17 smokers, out of every 100 adults. Finally, among the senior citizens aged 65 years and above, 8.5% were smokers. Meaning that in every 100 senior citizens, eight of them were smokers.
Prevalence by Race
The cigarette smoking culture in America seems to cut across all the races and ethnicity. However the Hispanic Americans accounted for the highest data with 21.9% prevalence. This translates to 22 smokers, out of every 100 Alaska natives.
They were closed followed by the non-Hispanic multiple race people. Their prevalence accounted for 20.2%. Meaning that out of 100 non-Hispanic individuals, more than 20 were smokers.
The non-Hispanic Blacks accounted for 16.7% of the smokers. This translates to nearly 17 smokers out of every 100. Out of every 100 non-Hispanic Whites, 16 were smokers. This translates to a percentage of 16.6. The Hispanics accounted for 10.1% with more than 10 smokers out of every 100 Hispanics. Lastly, the non-Hispanic Asians accounted for 7% with every 7 smokers out of 100 non-Hispanic Asians.
This data goes to show the number of people who are at risk of all the negative effects of tobacco. The data was the motivation for Truth to start the campaign against tobacco smoking among the youths in the US.