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%)
North Carolina 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
-MALES 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
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 528 46 11.9 8.6-16.1 67 13.4 10.3-17.1 51 9.2 6.7-12.4 364 65.6 60.5-70.4
Non-Hispanic Black 106 *** *** *** 13 12.2 6.2-22.6 11 12.0 6.2-22.0 *** *** ***
Other 15 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 83 *** *** *** 29 29.3 20.1-40.6 12 15.8 8.7-26.8 *** *** ***
35-44 83 *** *** *** *** *** *** 18 18.7 10.9-30.0 *** *** ***
45-54 103 *** *** *** 20 23.1 14.7-34.2 19 16.9 10.1-26.9 *** *** ***
55-64 114 *** *** *** 15 9.7 5.1-17.5 *** *** *** 88 82.5 73.1-89.1
65-74 190 *** *** *** 13 4.6 2.5- 8.3 11 5.2 2.6-10.1 163 89.4 83.9-93.2
75+ 161 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** 146 91.0 84.2-95.0
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 71 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 214 30 17.3 11.9-24.3 30 15.5 10.6-22.1 24 12.6 8.1-19.2 130 54.6 46.7-62.3
Some Post-H.S. 219 14 7.9 4.3-14.1 36 14.9 10.1-21.3 24 10.7 6.8-16.4 145 66.6 58.7-73.6
College Graduate 237 17 10.4 6.2-16.9 30 13.9 9.5-19.7 19 8.1 4.9-13.1 171 67.6 60.1-74.3
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 31 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 93 *** *** *** 14 15.6 8.3-27.6 11 10.9 5.3-21.1 *** *** ***
$25,000- 34,999 67 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 83 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 112 *** *** *** 19 16.4 10.3-25.1 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 249 19 11.9 7.2-18.9 33 14.4 9.8-20.6 27 10.0 6.6-15.0 170 63.7 56.0-70.7
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 262 16 8.2 4.3-15.1 26 8.5 5.5-13.0 16 6.7 3.7-11.8 204 76.6 69.2-82.6
No 477 52 14.9 11.1-19.8 78 16.6 13.0-21.0 57 12.3 9.2-16.3 290 56.1 50.7-61.4
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 259 21 11.1 7.1-16.9 31 12.7 8.4-18.6 19 6.3 3.7-10.6 188 69.9 62.6-76.3
Non-Veteran 484 47 13.1 9.4-18.0 74 14.6 11.4-18.6 54 12.0 8.9-16.0 309 60.3 54.8-65.5
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 207 21 14.7 9.1-22.7 37 17.0 11.9-23.5 23 14.1 8.8-21.8 126 54.3 45.9-62.4
Regional City or Suburban County 196 20 13.7 8.4-21.5 30 15.6 10.4-22.8 17 8.9 5.3-14.5 129 61.9 53.3-69.8
Rural 340 27 10.2 6.5-15.8 38 11.1 7.7-15.6 33 8.8 6.0-12.7 242 69.9 63.5-75.6
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 365 50 17.9 13.3-23.8 71 19.1 15.0-24.2 50 12.8 9.3-17.2 194 50.2 44.1-56.2
Unemployed 24 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 285 *** *** *** 17 3.5 2.1- 5.9 14 5.9 3.2-10.6 248 88.7 83.8-92.3
Unable to Work 57 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 8 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 11 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 47 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 69 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
151% to 200% 69 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 436 31 11.0 7.4-16.0 63 14.8 11.3-19.1 41 9.5 6.7-13.2 301 64.7 59.0-70.0
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 207 17 11.6 6.9-18.9 27 11.7 7.6-17.5 20 10.5 6.4-16.8 143 66.1 57.8-73.5
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 254 21 10.1 6.0-16.5 37 15.5 10.9-21.5 21 7.8 4.8-12.5 175 66.6 59.1-73.3
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 282 30 15.3 10.3-22.1 41 14.0 9.9-19.3 32 12.6 8.4-18.3 179 58.2 51.0-65.1
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 235 21 10.5 6.7-16.3 33 15.1 10.3-21.5 27 12.9 8.3-19.6 154 61.5 53.7-68.7
2nd Quartile 188 19 15.9 9.8-24.8 28 14.9 10.0-21.5 14 8.3 4.7-14.3 127 60.9 52.2-69.0
3rd Quartile 218 21 11.8 7.1-19.2 36 15.0 10.4-21.3 24 10.6 6.9-16.0 137 62.5 54.4-70.0
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 102 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** 79 78.1 67.0-86.2

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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 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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