Within age and education, two demographic groups stand out as having low smoking rates: adults 65 years of age and older (Figure 12) and adults with a college degree (Figure 13). The 2016 BRFSS did not report a smoking prevalence for Black, Non-Hispanic people. The smoking prevalence rates were statistically similar for the available racial or ethnic groups: White, Non-Hispanic (18%); multiracial, Non-Hispanic (27%); Hispanic (20%); and other, Non-Hispanic (28%).
Young men and young women in high school smoke at about the same rate, but we do see a disparity when it comes to race and ethnicity. American Indian and Hispanic students smoke at higher rates than their counterparts do (Figure 14, YRBSS, 2015).
Adult men (16%) are more likely than adult women (2%) to use smokeless tobacco (BRFSS, 2016).
This difference is also true for high school students. In each iteration of the YRBSS (2015), high school boys in Wyoming have used smokeless tobacco at a significantly higher rate than high school girls. For boys and girls, the use of smokeless tobacco has significantly declined since 1995 (Figure 15).