Americans' cigarette use continues to decline, hitting a new low in Gallup's 75-year trend. Currently, 15% of U.S. adults say they have smoked cigarettes in the past week, in marked contrast to the 45% who reported doing so in the 1950s. At the same time, 12% of Americans now say they smoke marijuana and 8% say they have vaped in the past week.Percent smoking cigarettes by education level:
Cigarette smoking is strongly correlated with education and income, whereby the higher a person is on each scale, the less likely they are to smoke cigarettes. Also, adults younger than 30 are among the least likely age groups, along with seniors, to smoke cigarettes. They are also the only group more likely to smoke both marijuana and e-cigarettes than to smoke regular cigarettes.
- Postgraduate.................. 3
- College graduate only ...9
- Some college ...............18
- No college ...................20
Marijuana use largely transcends socio-economic boundaries, except that far fewer postgraduates use it compared with all other education groups. It is more popular with the 20-something age category than all others. However, marijuana use drops off less sharply by age than does use of e-cigarettes. It remains above 10% among those aged 30 to 64, only falling to single digits among the 65-and-older set.