Indicator Report - Smoking Among Adults
Why Is This Important?Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. In Utah, smoking claims more than 1,150 lives each year. It causes or worsens nearly every chronic condition and contributes to Utah's primary causes of death including heart disease, respiratory disease, and cancer. Smoking increases the risk for cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder and contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for heart disease and lung cancer among nonsmokers.
Data NotesAge-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.
Note: In November 2006, the Department of Health developed a standardized methodology for age-adjusting race/ethnicity data. These data reflect the updated age-adjusting methodology and may differ from previously published estimates.
Data SourcesUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionPercentage of adults aged 18 years and older who smoke cigarettes every day or some days.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 10/21/2013, Published on 10/31/2013