Smoking Histories by Education Level, 2008

Smoking rates among college graduates have been significantly lower than smoking rates among other adults since information about the risks became public.

Figure 1.16b: Distribution of Smoking Histories Among Individuals Ages 25 and Older, by Education Level, 2008

Figure 1.16b: Smoking Histories by Education Level, 2008

Notes & Sources 

Note: Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Sources: NCHS, 2008; calculations by the authors.

  • In 2008, only 6% of adults with advanced degrees smoked, and half of them reported trying to stop smoking in 2008.
  • Among smokers with some college, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree, 46% to 48% of smokers tried to stop. Forty-one percent of high school graduates and 44% of adults with less than a high school diploma reported making this effort.