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Friday, February 14, 2014



I recently read a study on “Who smokes in the USA;” Very interesting study. 

Apparently people in higher income brackets smoke less than people in lower income brackets.  I wonder why…perhaps lower income brackets have more to worry about, and in lieu of flying to exotic venues and driving fancy cars, lower income people smoke.

People with a lower education tend to smoke more.  Hmmm…lower education, lower income…see above.  Also, smoking is stupid so…

The ethnicity of smokers is interesting.   American Indians (not my politically incorrect designation) smoke the most, 31 percent.  Asians smoke the least, 10 percent.  Black people, White people and Hispanics all smoke about the same, 20 percent.  They don’t say why the difference of American Indians and Asians, but it is nice to see that with Black, White and Hispanic Americans there is finally some equality.

The most interesting statistic is age groups that smoke. 

18-24 years old – 19%

25-44 years old – 22%

45-64 years old -21%

64 and up – 8%

It would seem that no matter what your income group, your education, or your ethnicity, when people hit the age of 65 they suddenly become smart and quit smoking…

Or maybe smokers start to die off at 64, and the percentage of smokers falls off drastically with them.

It has been three years since I quit an on-and-off smoking addiction.  I am glad that it was my smartening up that has helped lower the 64 and older percentage and not that other scenario.


  1. I was expcting Cheech and Chong.

  2. I thought this was going to be a review of the old Cheech and Chong movie.

    I quit 35 years ago, which has helped the average, too. Smartest thing I ever did. :)


  3. and by 64, the damage has been wrought. such a bill of goods the public was sold for so long. hard to undo an addiction.

  4. I quit years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I didn't know these statistics though. Thanks.

    I've also been posting your blonde jokes. I've given you credit.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

  5. LOL @ Steve.

    All those stats pretty much jive with what I've noticed anecdotally. Except the Asians -- the Indian (not Native Americans) downtown smoke like chimneys. 20 below, and they're still outside, choking down cigs…


  6. That explains the broad brush, 20% of Americans still smoke that I've heard. Shame so many young folks are in the group; I hope the quit sooner than later.

  7. Apparently people in higher income brackets smoke less than people in lower income brackets. Hmmm...or maybe people are in higher income brackets because they don't smoke?

  8. A darn sight fewer teachers smoke these days. The drug-free workplace rule nearly killed them. Since they can't leave school grounds during the day, there is absolutely nowhere for them to sneak a puff. I remember the days when the teacher workroom was called the teachers' lounge, and you could hardly see across it for the cloud of smoke.

  9. I quit 22 years ago . . after 3-4 packs a day for over 30 years. I feel great. (cough-cough)

  10. I have low education and low income, yet I have never smoked. In spite of growing up amongst smokers, my siblings and I just never bothered. Yet I married smokers and both of my sons smoke while both daughters do not.

  11. As the Duke of Wellington so wisely said, there are lies, damned lies - and statistics.


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