Did You Know? Smoking Prevalence Differs by Marital Status and Race/Ethnicity


It is unclear whether health risk behaviors differ by nuanced marital statuses and race/ethnicity. A recently published study examined the association between detailed marital status and current cigarette smoking among U.S. adults by race/ethnicity. Data were from four Health Information National Trends (HINTS) study cycles collected in 2011-2017 with a nationally representative sample of adults 30 years and older (n = 11,889).


Findings included:

·         Adults who had the highest prevalence of cigarette smoking were non-Hispanic Black cohabiters (36%), separated non-Hispanic White adults (35%), and single/never married Hispanic adults (28%).

·         Widowed adults had lower cigarette smoking prevalence than those who were divorced or separated across races/ethnicities.  


Source: Ramsey et al. (2019). Association between marital status and cigarette smoking: Variation by race and ethnicity. Preventive Medicine, Feb;119:48-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.12.010. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

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