May 7, 2001
SMOKING IN CONNECTICUT
By: Jack J. Burriesci, Legislative Fellow
You want to know the percentage of Connecticut adults (18 and older) and youth (under 18) who smoke and how this compares to the rest of the country.
A 2001 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report reveals that 22.8% of Connecticut adults smoke, about the same percent as the country's median rate. The current cigarette smoking rates for Connecticut youth is 9.8% (grades 6-8) and 25.6% (grades 9-12), compared to 9.2% and 28.5% national rate. Excerpts from the report, Investment in Tobacco Control –State Highlights 2001, are attached.
According to CDC, state-specific smoking rates among adults varied in 1999, ranging from a low of 13.9% in Utah to a high of 31.5% in Nevada. The median adult smoking rate for all states and the District of Columbia was 22.7% - 24.2% for men and 20.9% for women. Connecticut's rate was 22.8%, one-tenth of a percent higher than the country's median rate.
Using statistics from the 2000 Connecticut Youth Tobacco Survey and the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey, the CDC report stated that 9.8% of Connecticut youths (grades 6-8) and 25.6% (grades 9-12) are current cigarette smokers. This compares to 9.2% (grades 6-8) and 28.5% (grades 9-12) nationally.