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Indicator Report - Adults Who Are Current Smokers

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.

Percentage of Adults Who Are Current Smokers North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009-2012

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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 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 

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Definition

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

Numerator: Number of adults aged 18 years and older who currently smoke
Denominator: 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
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