Additionally, the CDC has identified several "at-risk" groups of Americans that continued to see higher smoking rates in 2014, and well, need to quit. These groups may not account for everyone you see lighting up, but they ultimately shed light on the question of "Who still smokes?"
Here are the at-risk groups:
- Men (18.8% versus 14.8% of women)
- Adults ages 25-44 years (20%)
- Multiracial (27.9%) or American Indian/Alaska Natives (29.2%)
- People with a General Education Development (GED) certificate (43%)
- People who live in poverty (26.3%)
- Midwesterners (20.7%)
- People with disabilities (21.9%)
- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people (23.9%)
“These findings underscore the importance of ensuring that proven strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use reach the entire population, particularly vulnerable groups," Dr. Brian King, deputy director for research translation at the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, said in the release. “Comprehensive smoke-free laws, higher prices for tobacco products, high-impact mass media campaigns, and barrier-free access to quitting help are all important."
But really, people, it's 2015 -- almost 2016 -- so quit that shit.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist, and while he was never actually addicted to smoking, he hasn't had a cigarette in just over a year now. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.