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PHOM Indicator Report of 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.

Percentage of Adults Who Reported Current Cigarette Smoking, Adults Aged 18 and Older, Utah and U.S., 1989-2012

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A new weighting methodology that better represents populations of low socioeconomic status and added cell phone interviews produced a higher estimated smoking rate for Utah adults compared to previous estimates that were based on post-stratification by age, sex, and local health district.

Data Sources

  • Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
  • U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 population.

Risk Factors

Cigarette smoking is more common among persons with lower levels of formal education and among those in lower income groups.

How Are We Doing?

Utah's adult smoking rate has decreased since the UDOH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program started receiving Master Settlement Agreement funds in 2000.

People with low household income and fewer years of formal education report higher rates of tobacco use than the general population. Recent surveys show that approximately 75% of Utah smokers intend to quit within the next year. Comprehensive and free tobacco cessation services help Utah smokers quit successfully and ensure declines in tobacco use rates among all population groups.

What Is Being Done?

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) at the Utah Department of Health and its partners use comprehensive programs to prevent young people from starting to use tobacco, help tobacco users quit, promote tobacco-free environments, and reduce tobacco-related disparities. These programs include an extensive anti-tobacco marketing campaign, free and confidential tobacco cessation services, school- and community-based prevention programs, and efforts to improve tobacco policies. Tobacco-free policies support tobacco-free norms and protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. The marketing campaign uses television, radio, billboard, print, and on-line media to reach youth, adults, pregnant women, racial and ethnic minorities, and rural populations with anti-tobacco messages. The campaign's goals are to counter tobacco industry promotions, inform Utahns about quitting services, and support local tobacco control efforts. Quitting services available to Utahns include a toll-free Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW), a web-based quitting service (utahquitnet.com), free quitting medications and counseling services for uninsured tobacco users and tobacco users on Medicaid, as well as group-based quitting classes for adults and youth in local communities. Efforts to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke focus on strengthening tobacco-free policies in apartment complexes, workplaces, schools, and outdoor venues frequented by children.

Healthy People Objective TU-1.1:

Reduce tobacco use by adults: Cigarette smoking
U.S. Target: 12.0 percent
State Target: 9.0 percent

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 07/07/2014


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Content updated: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:39:04 MDT