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 2014, there was a trend of decreasing smoking in Minnesota. 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.

In 2014, 16% of adults were current smokers and 43% of adults were ever smokers.


Smoking by sex in Minnesota

Ever smokers are current or former smokers. Data are for 2014.
Ever smokers are current or former smokers. Data are for 2014.

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 sex is even larger (48% of men compared to 39% of women) because being a former smoker is more common among men than women.


Current smoking by education in Minnesota

Data are 2014.
Data are 2014.

Smoking is higher among people with fewer years of formal education. In 2014, 26% of people who did not graduate from high school were current smokers, compared to 23% of high school graduates, 16% of people who completed some college, and 7% of college graduates.


Current smoking by household income in Minnesota

Data are for 2014.
Data are for 2014.

Smoking is higher among people with lower household income. In 2014, 27% 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 2014.
Data are for 2014.

Smoking is higher among adults 25 to 44 years of age compared to other age groups. Smoking among adults 18 to 24 years of age has decreased in recent years to 16%, but more work is needed. Most smokers start in adolescence or early adulthood.