Figure 2.11. Median age at smoking initiation among adults aged 18 years or older, by race, gender, and birth cohort, United States, 1885-1944.

Figure 2.11. Median age at smoking initiation among adults aged 18 years or older, by race, gender, and birth cohort, United States, 1885-1944

Note: Estimates for smoking initiation are based on responses to the question, "How old were you when you began to smoke cigarettes fairly regularly?" Age at which respondents reported beginning to smoke was used to determine the percentage who ever smoked, by birth cohort. Median age at smoking initiation was age at which one-half of persons who ever smoked in each cohort were smoking.

Source: Burns et al. 1997. Estimates derived from analyses of National Health Interview Survey data for 1970-1988.

From: Chapter 2. Patterns of Tobacco Use Among Women and Girls

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