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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredAbout 20.7% of the population over the age of 16 smoke. In America, that means about 50 million people in total smoke.
Some estimate there are 50 million smokers in the United States. Men are 5 times more likely to be smokers than women. Billions of healthcare dollars are spent to treat the diseases related to smoking.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2009, an estimated 46.6 million adults were smokers; this is about 20.6 percent of all adults. The racial breakdown was: 23.2 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native, 22.1 percent white, 21.3 percent African American, 14.5 percent Hispanic, and 12 percent Asian American.