In this continuing series on health data, let's look today at smoking.
The CDC lists smoking as the #1 preventable cause of early death. Around 40% of people who smoke will eventually develop some type of health problem related to smoking. Thus, smoking cessation and prevention programs for decades have -successfully I might add- greatly reduced the number of Americans to smoke.
In looking at data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) of adult health behaviors, I was curious if there were any regional differences showing where smoking cessation programs have had the biggest impact. And it appears the answer is YES! -specifically in New England and Arizona which so the biggest percentages of people who have quit smoking.
Let's look at the maps individually:
Interestingly, most American adults who smoke also smoke daily. Less than 10% of American adults report they smoke but only a few days a week.