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Adults who currently smoke

This indicator shows the percentage of adults who currently smoke. 7,500 adults in Maryland die each year due to tobacco-related causes, and 150,000 more suffer from tobacco-related diseases such as COPD, emphysema or cancers. Non-smokers – especially young children (and even pets) – are also affected by tobacco through exposure to the toxins found in secondhand smoke.

Measurement Period: 2015

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Data Trend

  • 15.5

    Jurisdiction20112012201320142015
    Maryland19.116.216.414.615.1


    Jurisdiction20112012201320142015
    Allegany24.224.424.418.722.1
    Anne Arundel22.918.11815.514.9
    Baltimore City23.821.222.723.125.1
    Baltimore County23.51918.417.712.8
    Calvert1918.917.219.215.5
    Caroline28.526.222.521.923.5
    Carroll21.517.919.417.311.6
    Cecil23.9231812.417.5
    Charles15.319.313.212.218.4
    Dorchester18.716.318.416.219.8
    Frederick17.216.519.81121.6
    Garrett25.320.819.915.129.4
    Harford18.621.716.918.920.7
    Howard129.514.665.6
    Kent30.619.219.615.1*
    Montgomery11.37.58.27.910.5
    Prince George's1714.214.411.810.1
    Queen Anne's23.217.219.813.617.2
    Saint Mary's16.620.325.914.814.5
    Somerset22.934.81319.825
    Talbot23.21517.517.1*
    Washington24.9182021.522
    Wicomico21.320.314.122.723
    Worcester24.37.718.119.6*

Data Details

  • Source Maryland DHMH Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (www.marylandbrfss.org)
    Numerator Maryland adults who reported currently smoking cigarettes some days or every day
    Denominator Maryland adults age 18 and over
    Reporting Threshold (*) 50 or relative standard error >=30.0%
    Calculation Weighted (Numerator/Denominator)*100= Single-Year Calculation
    Race/ ethnicity All races/ethnicities (aggregated),
    Black Non-Hispanic,
    Hispanic,
    White Non-Hispanic,
    Asian Non-Hispanic
    Other

    In 2011, the BRFSS weighting methodology was changed. This makes data collected from 2011 forward incomparable to data collected prior to 2011. The SHIP will resume including BRFSS data in 2013, where baselines from 2011 BRFSS data will be calculated.

    Data collected from survey respondents are adjusted to more accurately represent the Maryland population. This is called "weighted data." Learn more about weighted data here: http://www.marylandbrfss.org/pdf/BRFSS-Special-Report-9-12.pdf

 
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