Notes: Error bars indicate 95% confidence intervals.
Level of psychological distress is based on responses to the questions, “During the past 30 days, how often did you feel: 1) so sad that nothing could cheer you up, 2) nervous, 3) restless or fidgety, 4) hopeless, 5) that everything was an effort, or 6) worthless?” Response categories were: all (4), most (3), some (2), a little (1) and none (0) of the time. Response codes 0–4 for the six items were combined to yield a point value on a 0–24 point scale. A value of 13 or more was used to define serious psychological distress. A value of 8–12 was used to define mild to moderate psychological distress.
Adults were asked if they had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and, if yes, whether they currently smoked cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all. Those who smoked every day or some days were classified as current cigarette smokers.
Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized U.S. civilian population aged ≥18 years and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey Sample Adult component.
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2014–2016.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with or without Psychological Distress Who Were Current Smokers, by Age Group and Level of Distress — National Health Interview Survey, 2014–2016