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Complete Indicator Profile of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in the Workplace

Definition

Workplace secondhand smoke exposure estimates are based on self-reported responses to the question: "On how many of the past seven days, did anyone smoke in your indoor workplace while you were there?" This question is only asked of respondents who are employed for wages or self-employed and those who report working indoors most of the time.

Numerator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older who report that they were exposed to secondhand smoke on one or more days in the seven days before the survey

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey who are employed for wages or self-employed and those who report working indoors most of the time

Why Is This Important?

"Secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer. In fact, the risk to nonsmokers for heart disease increases by 25%-30% and for lung cancer by 20%-30%. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and exposure for even a short duration is harmful to health." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Percentage of People Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace in the Past Seven Days North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012

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NC vs HNC2020 BRFSS Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
HNC 2020 2008 0.0%
HNC 2020 2009 0.0%
HNC 2020 2010 0.0%
HNC 2020 2011 0.0%
NC BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2008 14.6% 13.4% 15.9%
NC BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2010 7.8% 6.7% 9.1%
NC BRFSS 2011 or later 2011 9.2% 7.7% 10.8%
NC BRFSS 2011 or later 2012 8.6% 7.3% 10.1%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. The secondhand smoke module is specific to North Carolina; national data may not be available every year.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of People Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace in the Past Seven Days by Race, 2012

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Race/Ethnicity Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
White (Non-Hispanic) 8.1% 6.6% 10.0%
Black (Non-Hispanic) 9.8% 6.7% 14.0%
American Indian (Non-Hispanic) **
Other (Non-Hispanic) **
Hispanic 9.6% 5.9% 15.1%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. The secondhand smoke module is specific to North Carolina; national data may not be available every year. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of People Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace in the Past Seven Days by Sex, 2009-2020

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Males vs. Females Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Male 2008 18.7% 16.8% 20.6%
Male 2010 11.7% 9.7% 14.0%
Male 2012 8.4% 6.6% 10.7%
Female 2008 9.5% 8.2% 11.1%
Female 2010 3.4% 2.7% 4.3%
Female 2012 8.8% 7.0% 11.0%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. The secondhand smoke module is specific to North Carolina; national data may not be available every year. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of People Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace in the Past Seven Days by Age, 2012

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Age Group Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
18-34 9.7% 7.2% 12.8%
35-44 10.4% 7.5% 14.1%
45-54 6.9% 4.9% 9.7%
55-64 6.2% 4.2% 9.1%
65-74 **
75+ **

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. The secondhand smoke module is specific to North Carolina; national data may not be available every year. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of People Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace in the Past Seven Days by Education, 2012

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Education Level Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Less Than High School 6.8% 3.9% 11.7%
H.S. Grad or G.E.D. 7.5% 5.3% 10.4%
Some Post High School 10.9% 8.2% 14.4%
College Graduate 7.9% 6.0% 10.4%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. The secondhand smoke module is specific to North Carolina; national data may not be available every year. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of People Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace in the Past Seven Days for Select Counties, 2012

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Selected Counties Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Buncombe **
Cumberland **
Durham **
Forsyth **
Gaston **
Guilford **
Mecklenburg 6.5% 3.6% 11.5%
New Hanover **
Union **
Wake 5.4% 3.1% 9.5%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. The secondhand smoke module is specific to North Carolina; national data may not be available every year. 

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 08/27/2013
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