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65+: Current smokers

Definition: Percentage of people aged 65 and over who are current smokers, three-year average

Notes: The data are from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). Respondents were asked the question: "Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?" Those who answered "every day" or "some days" are classified as current smokers. Percentage is a 3-year average, which helps to reduce the year-to-year fluctuation due to small numbers. Percentage is reported under the year at the midpoint of the 3-year period. National data is the median of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (n.d.). Trends in health and aging, Cigarette smoking by state, sex, race/Hispanic origin, and age 1993-2003 (BRFSS).
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Center on the Family. (2006, May). Special tabulation using data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), by state, 1999-2003, as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.

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