According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16 million Americans are suffering from ailments caused by smoking cigarettes. It comes as no surprise that smoking is considered to be the leading cause of preventable death. Every year, smoking leads to 480,000 deaths, including 41,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure. The current trend of smoking among the U.S. youth is expected to claim 5.6 million American lives. vHomeInsurance analyzed the disparity in smoking habits and quitting behavior across racial lines.


The habit of smoking cigarettes was most prevalent among Alaska Natives, occupying 33.9% of the overall cigarette smokers population. It was followed by Native Hawaiians and Hispanics, accounting to 18.3% and 16.3%, respectively. While 14.6% of African Americans consume cigarettes, Asian Americans occupied the last place with 8.9%. The number of people using cigars was comparatively lower than that of cigarette users. The same can be seen across all racial lines. African Americans led the chart, with 4.9% of them smoking cigars.

The analysis of the quitting behavior of people revealed that 69.4% of Asian Americans attempted to quit smoking. It was followed by African Americans and Hispanics, with 63.4% and 56.2%, respectively. 53.3% of Whites reported that they have attempted to quit smoking.