How Many Smokers Are There in the USA? An estimated 46 million American adults currently smoke cigarettes and annually cigarette smoking causes approximately 443,000 deaths. . In 2004, this addiction cost the nation more than $96 billion per year in direct medical expenses as well as more than $97 billion annually in lost productivity.
Whites : 22.1% African Americans : 21.3% Hispanics : 14.5%
American Indians/Alaska Natives : 23.2% Asian Americans : 12.0%
People of multiple races : 29.5%
In 2009, the CDC reported 24.% of those 25 to 44 years old were current smokers, compared with 9.5% of those aged 65 or older.
Each year in the United States, cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke causes 443,000—or 1 in 5 deaths.
Rates right up there with gun murders