2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Tobacco Use

Smoking Status*

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  Total
Respond.^
Smoke everyday Smoke some days Former smoker Never smoked
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 5,590 645 12.6 11.5-13.7 216 4.0 3.3- 4.7 1,435 23.8 22.4-25.2 3,294 59.7 58.1-61.3
-FEMALES 3,066 326 11.6 10.2-13.1 93 2.9 2.2- 3.7 685 20.5 18.8-22.4 1,962 65.0 62.9-67.1
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,969 237 13.7 11.9-15.7 59 2.9 2.1- 3.9 527 25.8 23.5-28.3 1,146 57.6 54.9-60.3
Non-Hispanic Black 614 52 8.7 6.3-12.0 20 3.3 1.9- 5.7 88 11.5 8.6-15.2 454 76.4 71.8-80.4
Other 78 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 549 51 8.8 6.5-11.7 16 2.9 1.7- 5.1 60 11.5 8.7-15.1 422 76.8 72.5-80.6
35-44 413 60 16.4 12.5-21.2 14 3.8 2.1- 6.5 69 16.8 12.8-21.7 270 63.0 57.3-68.5
45-54 475 65 14.4 10.8-18.9 23 4.6 2.9- 7.2 76 16.5 13.0-20.7 311 64.5 59.2-69.5
55-64 558 73 15.2 11.6-19.7 19 2.2 1.2- 3.8 157 29.7 25.1-34.8 309 52.9 47.6-58.2
65-74 592 54 9.0 6.6-12.1 15 2.7 1.5- 4.8 176 28.4 24.0-33.3 347 59.9 54.8-64.8
75+ 405 19 5.6 3.0-10.0 *** *** *** 126 29.0 23.2-35.7 255 65.0 58.1-71.2
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 269 50 20.7 15.3-27.4 11 2.7 1.3- 5.3 46 18.5 13.0-25.7 162 58.1 50.4-65.5
H.S. or G.E.D. 720 103 14.7 11.8-18.2 31 4.2 2.7- 6.4 161 20.7 17.4-24.6 425 60.3 55.8-64.7
Some Post-H.S. 885 117 12.4 10.1-15.1 31 3.6 2.4- 5.3 234 23.8 20.7-27.3 503 60.3 56.4-64.0
College Graduate 1,185 54 4.4 3.2- 6.2 20 1.1 0.7- 1.8 244 17.4 15.1-20.0 867 77.0 74.2-79.7
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 271 70 26.7 20.6-33.8 19 4.4 2.7- 7.1 50 18.2 12.5-25.9 132 50.7 42.8-58.5
$15,000- 24,999 427 68 19.1 14.6-24.6 14 2.7 1.4- 5.0 86 18.7 14.3-24.0 259 59.6 53.3-65.6
$25,000- 34,999 254 35 16.4 10.9-24.0 *** *** *** 61 20.5 14.9-27.5 151 60.2 52.1-67.8
$35,000- 49,999 377 36 9.6 6.6-13.7 17 6.0 3.5-10.1 104 24.6 19.7-30.4 220 59.7 53.5-65.7
$50,000- 74,999 330 23 6.3 4.0- 9.6 *** *** *** 72 20.5 15.8-26.2 227 71.3 65.2-76.8
$75,000+ 741 38 6.2 4.2- 9.0 14 2.0 1.0- 3.8 164 20.6 17.4-24.3 525 71.2 67.1-75.0
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 939 161 19.6 16.5-23.2 40 3.7 2.6- 5.4 261 24.7 21.4-28.4 477 52.0 47.8-56.1
No 2,120 165 8.3 7.0- 9.9 52 2.5 1.8- 3.5 423 18.9 16.9-21.0 1,480 70.3 67.8-72.6
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 94 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 2,967 316 11.6 10.2-13.1 90 2.9 2.2- 3.7 654 19.9 18.2-21.8 1,907 65.6 63.4-67.7
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 885 50 6.1 4.5- 8.4 18 2.2 1.3- 3.8 179 18.5 15.7-21.7 638 73.1 69.5-76.4
Regional City or Suburban County 861 104 13.3 10.7-16.4 28 3.3 2.1- 5.1 177 19.2 16.2-22.6 552 64.2 60.2-68.1
Rural 1,320 172 15.3 12.9-18.2 47 3.1 2.2- 4.4 329 23.6 20.7-26.8 772 58.0 54.4-61.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,429 143 10.3 8.5-12.4 42 2.7 1.9- 4.0 271 18.4 16.1-20.9 973 68.6 65.6-71.4
Unemployed 196 29 16.9 11.5-24.2 11 5.7 2.8-11.1 37 16.6 11.6-23.2 119 60.8 52.2-68.8
Retired 910 57 6.8 4.9- 9.3 17 1.6 0.9- 2.9 273 28.7 24.9-32.8 563 62.9 58.6-67.0
Unable to Work 235 75 36.6 29.0-45.0 17 6.6 3.8-11.3 54 22.4 16.3-29.9 89 34.4 27.2-42.4
Other not in Labor Force 275 20 7.9 4.8-12.7 *** *** *** 47 16.0 11.3-22.1 202 74.2 67.5-80.0
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 114 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 301 66 20.0 15.1-26.1 16 4.3 2.4- 7.6 62 18.0 13.3-23.9 157 57.6 50.3-64.6
101% to 150% 327 47 18.4 13.3-24.8 14 3.5 1.9- 6.5 71 21.7 16.2-28.3 195 56.5 49.4-63.3
151% to 200% 288 37 13.7 9.3-19.8 *** *** *** 63 20.8 15.5-27.4 178 60.5 53.1-67.5
More than 200% 1,362 84 6.6 5.1- 8.6 33 2.3 1.5- 3.5 325 21.4 18.9-24.2 920 69.6 66.5-72.5
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 874 113 14.3 11.6-17.5 37 4.2 2.8- 6.1 182 20.0 16.8-23.6 542 61.6 57.4-65.6
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 958 112 13.9 11.2-17.1 30 2.9 1.9- 4.4 211 20.5 17.5-23.9 605 62.7 58.8-66.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,234 101 8.5 6.9-10.6 26 2.2 1.4- 3.5 292 20.8 18.3-23.7 815 68.4 65.2-71.4
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 946 89 10.6 8.4-13.3 17 1.8 1.0- 3.0 257 23.2 20.2-26.4 583 64.4 60.7-68.0
2nd Quartile 810 82 10.3 8.1-13.1 29 3.3 2.2- 5.0 166 20.0 16.8-23.7 533 66.3 62.3-70.2
3rd Quartile 870 107 14.8 11.9-18.2 30 3.2 2.0- 4.9 164 17.8 14.9-21.2 569 64.2 60.1-68.2
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 440 48 9.8 6.9-13.7 17 4.0 2.2- 7.1 98 21.6 16.7-27.4 277 64.6 58.3-70.5

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*Data in this table were derived from the tobacco use questions 1 and 2.
Overall smoking prevalence estimates can be obtained by adding 'Smoke everyday' and 'Smoke some days' rates.

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

2Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. 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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