Who Smokes in California?
Over the last 22 years, the California adult smoking prevalence has been reduced by 50 percent, from 23.7 percent in 1988 to 11.9 percent in 2010.
Men still smoke more than women, 15.6 percent and 10.7 percent respectively. The young adult population (18 – 24 years old) is continuing to smoke less, 13.1 percent in 2010, down from 15.2 percent in 2009.
View the latest report: Two Decades of the California Tobacco Control Program: California Tobacco Survey, 1990-2008
Youth and Smoking
Smoking and smokeless tobacco use most often begins during adolescence. The 31st report from the U.S. Surgeon General, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults finds:
- More than 600,000 middle school students smoke cigarettes
- More than 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes
- Nearly a million and a half kids under age 18 will try their first cigarette this year
- Smoking kills more than 1,200 Americans every day. And every tobacco-related death is replaced by two new smokers under the age of 25
- The younger kids are when they try tobacco, the more likely they are to get addicted
- 3 out of 4 teens who smoke will continue smoking into adulthood – even if they intend to quit in a few years
- More than a million dollars an hour is spent to market tobacco products in this country
Tobacco Use and Behavioral Health
People with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population, often due to preventable diseases including those caused by smoking, according to Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness, 2006.
Visit Health Impacts to learn about the health impact of tobacco, secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke.
Alternative Tobacco Products
Visit Alternative Tobacco Products to find information on other tobacco products like hookah, e-cigarettes, dissolvable and smokeless tobacco.
Visit Environmental Impact to learn about the environmental impact of cigarette butt waste.