Smoking Facts & Figures

Smoking in Minnesota:

Smoking measures displayed on this page are for adults 18 years of age and older living in Minnesota households. Unless otherwise noted, differences described on this page are statistically significant. See About the Smoking Data for more information.


Smoking by year in Minnesota

Ever smokers are current or former smokers. The gap indicates a change in survey methods. Estimates from 2000-2010 should not be compared to estimates from 2011 and later.
Ever smokers are current or former smokers. The gap indicates a change in survey methods. Estimates from 2000-2010 should not be compared to estimates from 2011 and later.

Between 2000 and 2010, Minnesota smoking rates decreased. The apparent increase in smoking between 2010 and 2011 is not a true increase but instead a reflection of improved smoking estimates due to new survey methods. The proportion of Minnesotans that currently smoke cigarettes decreased from 2011 to 2015.

In 2015, 16% of adults were current smokers and 43% of adults were ever smokers.


Smoking by gender in Minnesota

Ever smokers are current or former smokers. Data are for 2015.
Ever smokers are current or former smokers. Data are for 2015.

The percent of men who are current smokers (18%) is higher than the percent of women who are current smokers (15%). The difference in ever smokers by gender is even larger (47% of men, compared to 39% of women) because being a former smoker is more common among men than women.


Current smoking by race/ethnicity in Minnesota

These categories are mutually exclusive: race categories are non-Hispanic unless otherwise noted and people of Hispanic ethnicity could report any race. The sample size for Minnesotans reporting non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native race/ethnicity was too small to report here. Data are for 2015.
These categories are mutually exclusive: race categories are non-Hispanic unless otherwise noted and people of Hispanic ethnicity could report any race. The sample size for Minnesotans reporting non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native race/ethnicity was too small to report here. Data are for 2015.

Among Minnesota adults, American Indians and multi-racial non-Hispanic groups have the smoking highest rates. In 2015, Asian Minnesotans were the least likely to smoke – only about 8%.


Current smoking by education in Minnesota

Data are 2015.
Data are 2015.

Smoking is higher among people with fewer years of formal education. In 2015, 35% of people who did not graduate from high school were current smokers. Compared to 2014, when about 26% of adults who did not graduate from high school reported current smoking, this is a large increase in the proportion of smokers. The proportion of smokers among high school graduates and those with some college has remained relatively stable since 2011.


Current smoking by household income in Minnesota

Data are for 2015.
Data are for 2015.

Smoking is higher among people with lower household income. In 2015, 28% of adults who lived in a household with an annual income of less than $25,000 were current smokers. By comparison, 9% of adults who lived in a household with an annual income of $75,000 or more were current smokers.


Current smoking by age in Minnesota

Data are for 2015.
Data are for 2015.

Adults from 18 to 64 year age have similar smoking rates. Smoking among adults 18 to 24 years of age has decreased in recent years, from 25% in 2011 to 17% in 2015, but more work is needed. Most smokers start in adolescence or early adulthood.