Report: State Adult Smoking Rate Drops To Lowest On Record

The adult smoking rate has fallen to the lowest in New York state’s recorded history to 14.2 percent as of 2016, a 22 percent decline from 2011 and less than the national average of 15.5 percent.

“These record lows demonstrate that New York’s anti-smoking efforts are working,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the New York State Department of Health, found the following:

¯ Smoking rates have declined even more dramatically among young adults age 18-24 years, decreasing by 46 percent, from 21.6 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent in 2016. In addition, significant progress is being made among certain groups that have higher rates of smoking than the general population. Notable reductions were observed among adults with:

¯ Less than a high school education, where the smoking rate decreased 25 percent — from 25.7 percent in 2011 to 19.2 percent in 2016;

¯ Annual household incomes below $25,000 where the smoking rate decreased 29 percent — from 27.8 percent in 2011 to 19.8 percent in 2016; and

¯ Poor mental health — defined as reported problems with stress, depression or emotions on at least 14 of the previous 30 days — where the smoking rate decreased 20 percent — from 32.6 percent in 2011 to 26.0 percent in 2016.