Current Smoker

Definition: Percent of adults who reported they have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their entire life and that they now smoke some days or every day.

Importance
Each year, approximately 443,000 premature deaths occur primarily due to smoking. Cigarette smoking is identified as a cause in multiple diseases including various cancers, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, low birth weight, and other adverse health outcomes. Measuring the prevalence of tobacco use in the population can alert communities to potential adverse health outcomes and can be valuable for assessing the need for cessation programs or the effectiveness of existing programs.

Where We Are
In 2013, 15.1% of adults in Douglas County identified themselves as a current smoker.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013:
  • Those that graduated high school or had less education were more likely to smoke than those with at least a college degree or some college experience.
  • The percent of smokers decreased as annual household income increased.
Healthy People 2020 Goal
Reduce the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older who smoke cigarettes to 12%.

Additional Information
Get the support you need by developing your own quit plan or finding a quit program that works for you. A quit plan combines strategies that help you stay focused, confident and motivated to quit. You might decide to use a quit program like SmokefreeTXT, or a quit-line like 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), to get started.
Current Smoker Trend Analysis
Current Smoker Disparity Analysis