Smoking in Minnesota:

Smoking measures displayed on this page are for adults 18 years of age and older living in Minnesota households. Unless otherwise noted, differences described on this page are statistically significant. See About the smoking data for more information.

The proportion of Minnesotans that currently smoke cigarettes decreased from 2011 to 2018.

In 2018, 15% of adults were current smokers and 41% of adults had ever smoked, including current smokers and those that have quit.

Adults from 25 to 44 years of age are the most likely to smoke – 1 in 5 adults in this age group currently smoke. The oldest adults are least likely to smoke (8%) but are the most likely to have ever smoked (49%). More work is needed. Most smokers start in adolescence or early adulthood.

Men are more likely to smoke than women: 17% of men are current smokers compared to 13% of women. The difference by gender is even larger when including former smokers (46% of men have ever smoked, compared to 36% of women).

In Minnesota, adults that identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native are the most likely to smoke, followed by adults that identify as multiracial. In 2018, this means half of all American Indian Minnesotans smoked and a quarter of Minnesotans that identify as multiracial. Asian Minnesotans were the least likely to smoke – only about 10%.

People with a higher household income are less likely to smoke. In 2018, 9% of adults who lived in a household with an annual income of $75,000 or more were current smokers, compared to 24% of adults who lived in a household with an annual income of less than $25,000.

Looking at income differences among adults that have ever smoked, it may be that income plays a role in quitting smoking – similar proportions of adults with annual household income of $25,000 or greater have ever smoked, indicating that higher household income might make it more likely for a smoker to quit smoking.


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Last updated May 2020. Updates are made when data become available.