Indicator: Smokers (Adults)
Definition: Percent of adults who smoked cigarettes every day or some days in the last 30 days.
Why is this important: Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death. Public health promotes a healthy lifestyle through efforts to help prevent youth from starting to smoke, providing smoking cessation assistance, monitoring sales of cigarettes to youth, and working for environmental changes to limit exposure to second-hand smoke.
Where are we: In 2009 in Spokane County, 19% of adults reported they were current smokers. The proportion of adults smoking significantly decreased from 2005 to 2009. Spokane County had a rate of adult smoking higher than that of Washington State, but similar to the U.S in 2009.
Among adults in Spokane County in 2009:
There was no difference in smoking by race or between males and females.
Additional Information: Among Spokane County adults who smoked in 2009, 64.5% reported stopping smoking for one or more days in the previous year because they were trying to quit smoking. Among former smokers, the largest proportion has not smoked for over ten years.
|Data Source||BRFSS, 2009
|Geography||Spokane County||18.6% (15.3-22.4)|
|18-34 yrs||27.0% (18.4-37.7)|
|35-44 yrs||18.8% (12.9-26.5)|
|45-64 yrs||15.8% (12.7-19.5)|
|65+ yrs||8.8% (6.2-12.4)|
|Education||< High school||36.3% (20.2-56.1)|
|High school||20.9% (14.6-29.0)|
|Some college||25.2% (18.9-32.6)|
|College graduate||6.3% (4.1-9.6)|