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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.

Current Cigarette Smoking by Ethnicity, Utah Adults Aged 18 and Older, 2012-2013

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Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

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Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who smoke cigarettes every day or some days.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of adults aged 18 years and older who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their life time and who now report smoking cigarettes every day or some days.
Denominator: Number of adults aged 18 years and older.

Page Content Updated On 10/29/2014, Published on 01/23/2015
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Content updated: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:03:55 MST