Health Behaviors

Adults who smoke

Percentage of adults who are smokers (reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke every or some days)

About this data measure

  • Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. (Source: CDC)
  • Since 2016, the proportion of adults in Rhode Island who smoke has decreased from 14.4% to 11.8%.
  • Smoking is most prevalent among adults with less than a high school education, those with an income below $15,000, and Multiracial Rhode Islanders.

Measure Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Adults who smoke over time

Adults who smoke demographic breakout