To identify the populations in Rhode Island most at-risk of smoking related health issues.
Percentage of adults who smoke by age, gender, race / ethnicity, education level, income, health insurance and disability statuses
Current smoking: Smoked at least 100 cigarettes (5 packs) in their life and currently smoke cigarettes, either every day or on some days;
Disability status: Has limitations in activities due to physical, mental, or emotional problems or health problems that require the use of special equipment;
Uninsured: Has no health care coverage, nor private nor public health insurance;
No doctor: Has no one person as a personal doctor or health care provider;
Can't afford: Did not see a doctor because of cost, in past year;
No checkup: Had no routine checkup in past year. Though may have had exams for a specific injury, illness, or condition.
Rhode Island Numbers 2012
- Rates of smoking among adults has decreased over the past decade.
- 17.4% of Rhode Island adults currently smoke compared to 19.6%, of the US adult population.
- Smoking rates were similar for men and women.
Older adults smoke cigarettes less often than younger adults.
- The smoking rates were similar among white, black and
- Current smoking decreased with increasing income.
- Smoking prevalence was significantly higher among adults with annual household incomes less than $25K.
- Current smoking decreased with increasing education.
- Adults with less than a high school education were significantly more likely to be smokers.
- Smoking rates for employed adults was slightly higher than for adults without employment.
- The prevalence of smoking cigarettes was significantly higher among adults with a disability than adults without a disability.
- Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to be uninsured, have no doctor, experience cost barriers to seeing a doctor, and have had no checkup in the past 12 months.