Why Is This Important?
"An estimated 13,000 North Carolinians aged 35 years or older died from a smoking-related cause each year during 2005-2009.
North Carolina has the 14th highest smoking prevalence in the nation. Although overall smoking rates among adults in the state
have dropped in the past decade, North Carolina still lags behind the national average." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine.
Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.
Estimated Percentage of Adults Who Are Current Smokers by County, 2010
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.
Some of the county-level data included in this report are based on 2008-2010 BRFSS individual county data. These counties
Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Avery, Beaufort, Bladen, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Craven, Currituck,
Dare, Davie, Duplin,
Edgecombe, Franklin, Graham, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Madison, Mitchell, Montgomery, Nash,
Pender, Person, Polk, Richmond and Sampson.
For some counties, current Smoking Prevalence Estimates represent the 2010 BRFSS sub-group estimate due to Relative Standard
Errors of greater than 30 percent. These counties are Bertie, Chatham, Gates, Greene, Martin, Pamlico, Perquimans and Tyrrell.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics
Current smoking prevalence represents the percent of survey respondents who report that they currently smoke "every day" or
"most days" and have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.
How We Calculated the Rates
||Number of adults aged 18 years and older who currently smoke
||Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey
Page Content Updated On 01/16/2013,
Published on 03/17/2014