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
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.