Trends in cigarette smoking in the United States. The epidemiology of tobacco use

Med Clin North Am. 1992 Mar;76(2):289-303. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7125(16)30354-6.


Cigarette smoking, an uncommon behavior in 1900, increased at an epidemic pace throughout this century, peaking in 1964 when more than 40% of all adult Americans smoked. Since that time, smoking has decreased at a slow but steady rate, falling to about 28% of all adults or 49 million smokers by 1988. Each year, approximately 435,000 Americans, or one of every five deaths, will result from smoking. If current trends continue, 22% of Americans (43 million people) will still be smoking in the year 2000. Women, blacks, and poorly educated Americans will be smoking at a disproportionately high rate.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Plants, Toxic
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • Smoking / trends*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Tobacco, Smokeless
  • United States