2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Tobacco Use

How long has it been since you last smoked a cigarette, even one or two puffs?*

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  Total
Respond.^
Less than 1 year ago 1 to 5 years ago 5 to 10 years ago 10 or more years ago
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 1,418 136 12.2 10.1-14.8 187 14.3 12.1-16.7 144 11.3 9.3-13.7 951 62.2 59.0-65.4
GENDER
Male 743 68 12.5 9.5-16.2 105 14.0 11.3-17.3 73 10.3 7.9-13.3 497 63.2 58.7-67.4
Female 675 68 11.9 9.1-15.5 82 14.5 11.3-18.4 71 12.5 9.4-16.6 454 61.1 56.1-65.8
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 1,048 97 11.8 9.4-14.6 130 14.0 11.6-16.8 101 9.7 7.7-12.1 720 64.5 60.9-68.0
Non-Hispanic Black 193 17 11.2 6.5-18.7 25 11.9 7.3-18.7 23 17.9 10.8-28.2 128 58.9 49.2-68.0
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 34 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 26 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 19 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 70 *** *** *** 13 18.2 10.3-30.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 143 53 40.2 31.4-49.7 52 33.7 25.6-42.9 23 17.9 11.4-26.9 15 8.2 4.8-13.8
35-44 151 27 19.3 12.1-29.2 36 21.6 14.9-30.1 29 18.4 12.0-27.3 59 40.7 31.6-50.5
45-54 176 17 10.2 6.0-16.9 34 20.7 14.5-28.7 34 18.5 12.9-26.0 91 50.5 42.1-58.9
55-64 269 20 7.1 4.1-12.2 35 10.6 7.2-15.4 28 10.5 6.5-16.6 186 71.7 64.6-77.9
65-74 365 *** *** *** 24 5.7 3.5- 8.9 18 4.3 2.5- 7.3 314 88.5 84.3-91.6
75+ 285 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** 262 93.0 88.6-95.7
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 117 16 17.3 9.6-29.3 12 7.4 3.8-13.9 12 8.8 4.1-17.9 *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 373 42 13.9 10.1-18.9 47 15.0 11.0-20.0 38 11.8 8.1-16.8 246 59.3 53.1-65.3
Some Post-H.S. 450 46 11.6 8.4-16.0 65 15.0 11.3-19.5 56 13.6 10.0-18.2 283 59.8 54.1-65.3
College Graduate 476 32 8.6 5.8-12.6 63 15.9 12.1-20.6 38 8.6 6.0-12.1 343 66.9 61.4-71.9
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 520 43 10.2 7.0-14.6 51 9.2 6.8-12.5 44 8.6 6.0-12.1 382 72.0 66.7-76.7
No 893 93 13.4 10.7-16.6 135 16.7 13.9-20.0 100 12.8 10.2-16.1 565 57.1 53.0-61.1
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 287 24 11.3 7.4-17.0 32 11.5 7.7-16.9 26 8.1 5.2-12.4 205 69.1 62.2-75.2
Non-Veteran 1,130 112 12.5 10.0-15.4 155 14.9 12.5-17.7 118 12.1 9.7-14.9 745 60.6 56.9-64.1
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 630 92 17.3 13.9-21.4 114 19.1 15.7-23.1 88 14.4 11.4-18.1 336 49.1 44.5-53.8
Unemployed 61 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 556 14 2.0 1.1- 3.6 29 3.8 2.5- 5.8 24 4.4 2.7- 7.1 489 89.8 86.5-92.3
Unable to Work 111 12 13.8 7.2-24.7 14 10.1 5.3-18.7 17 16.0 9.5-25.8 *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 54 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 79 *** *** *** 12 13.7 6.7-25.9 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 178 21 11.4 7.0-18.1 22 12.4 7.5-19.9 19 9.8 5.7-16.4 116 66.3 57.2-74.4
$25,000- 34,999 127 13 14.5 7.8-25.3 21 18.2 11.3-28.0 11 13.9 6.8-26.4 *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 187 24 18.2 11.4-27.9 21 11.8 7.1-18.9 22 12.6 7.6-20.1 120 57.4 48.0-66.3
$50,000-74,999 182 21 17.2 11.0-25.8 30 18.6 12.6-26.5 13 6.3 3.5-11.2 118 57.9 49.0-66.3
$75,000+ 413 29 10.0 6.5-15.0 60 16.7 12.6-21.7 44 11.2 8.0-15.5 280 62.1 56.1-67.8
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 252 18 8.2 4.8-13.4 21 8.3 5.0-13.4 23 10.2 6.2-16.2 190 73.4 66.1-79.6
POVERTY LEVEL1
Less than 50% 24 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 108 19 16.3 9.7-26.0 14 13.9 7.6-24.2 14 18.0 10.2-29.8 *** *** ***
101% to 150% 139 13 13.5 6.7-25.3 27 18.5 11.9-27.7 16 10.0 5.1-18.7 *** *** ***
151% to 200% 132 21 19.6 12.5-29.5 13 12.5 6.2-23.6 14 13.6 7.4-23.5 *** *** ***
More than 200% 758 60 11.5 8.6-15.1 107 16.1 13.1-19.5 74 10.2 7.8-13.1 517 62.3 57.9-66.5
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 252 18 8.2 4.8-13.4 21 8.3 5.0-13.4 23 10.2 6.2-16.2 190 73.4 66.1-79.6
HOUSING
Own 1,063 66 8.3 6.2-11.0 106 10.7 8.6-13.3 88 9.8 7.6-12.5 803 71.2 67.5-74.6
Rent 283 57 27.3 21.1-34.5 66 25.8 20.1-32.6 49 18.9 13.9-25.3 111 27.9 22.6-33.9
Other arrangement 64 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 384 40 15.3 11.0-20.9 59 16.1 12.2-20.9 36 12.3 8.2-18.0 249 56.3 50.0-62.3
Regional City or Suburban County 369 38 11.4 7.8-16.3 53 14.8 10.9-19.8 39 11.7 8.2-16.5 239 62.1 55.8-67.9
Rural 665 58 10.6 7.8-14.4 75 12.6 9.6-16.2 69 10.3 7.8-13.4 463 66.5 61.7-71.0
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 386 41 14.1 10.0-19.7 44 12.7 8.9-17.9 39 11.6 8.0-16.4 262 61.5 55.1-67.6
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 463 38 8.9 6.0-13.0 57 14.7 11.1-19.2 44 9.5 6.8-13.0 324 67.0 61.5-72.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 569 57 14.1 10.6-18.5 86 14.6 11.5-18.4 61 12.7 9.3-17.1 365 58.5 53.3-63.6
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 489 39 10.2 7.3-14.1 61 13.1 9.8-17.2 55 12.1 8.8-16.3 334 64.6 59.2-69.6
2nd Quartile 349 34 13.2 9.0-18.9 53 15.4 11.6-20.2 34 11.9 8.0-17.4 228 59.5 53.0-65.7
3rd Quartile 381 43 13.3 9.4-18.5 55 14.9 11.0-19.8 39 10.6 7.5-14.8 244 61.2 55.0-67.1
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 199 20 12.9 7.7-21.0 18 12.5 6.7-22.0 16 8.5 4.5-15.5 145 66.1 56.2-74.8

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*This question was asked of those who reported smoking 100+ cigarettes, but no longer smoke.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2020 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4Quartile of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index
(https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/placeandhealth/svi/index.html) for respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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