Fewer U.S. adults smoking cigarettes, but the majority of those who do are uninsured or on Medicaid

No Smoking SignCigarette smoking among U.S. adults has fallen to the lowest rate in generations, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 17 percent of American adults who still smoke, most are in the Midwest and are on Medicaid.

The Washington Post examined the data and put together seven interesting charts that show who is still smoking. Among them:

  • From 2005 to 2014, the adult smoking rate declined from 20.9 percent to 16.8 percent.
  • S. adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid smoke at rates more than double that of people who have Medicare or private insurance.
  • The percentage of smokers age 18-24 dropped by nearly a third over the past decade, the sharpest decline of any group.
  • People with lower levels of education tend to smoke at higher rates.
  • Smoking among multiracial people and those classified as American Indian or Alaska Natives far outpaces that of other ethnic groups.
  • Midwesterners still smoke at higher rates than anyone else in the country.
  • Between 2005 and 2014, the number of daily smokers dropped from 36.4 million to 30.7 million.

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