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Table 3 Differences in cigarette smoking habits between White and Black adults - findings from the National Health Interview Survey for 2006a

From: Systematic review of the epidemiological evidence comparing lung cancer risk in smokers of mentholated and unmentholated cigarettes

  Males   Females  
  White people Black people White people Black people
Among the whole population     
Ever smoked (100 cigarettes) 49.9% 42.8% 38.2% 28.7%
Current smokerb 23.7% 27.0% 18.5% 18.9%
Among ever smokers     
Current smokerb 47.5% 63.0% 48.4% 66.0%
Age of starting to smoke (mean, yrs) 16.9 18.4 17.9 19.2
Among current smokers b     
Number smoked per day (mean) 16.1 11.4 13.9 10.0
  1. aDerived from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cgi-bin/SDA/ICPSR.
  2. bIncludes current every day and some day smokers.