Tobacco Use and
Prevention

Cigarette smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, despite the significant decline in people who smoke. Over 16 million Americans have at least one disease caused by smoking. 

This template uses state-level survey data for tobacco use from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAHMSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Cancer and heart disease death data is from CDC Wonder, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Tobacco Product Usage Trends

In addition to usage, the NSDUH also measures respondents' perception of the risk of heavy smoking (specifically, smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day). The perceived risk varies greatly by state. 

Deaths from Illnesses Related to Smoking

Tobacco use is a major contributor to both cancer and heart disease, the leading causes of death in the United States. These maps show the crude mortality rates for these two disease groups throughout the state. (Note that counties without data may have unreliable rates as reported by the CDC, due to low population—not zero deaths.)

See data for earlier years by dragging the time-slider below the map.

How to Quit Smoking

Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW

This free coaching service is provided over the phone. Callers can speak confidentially with a highly trained quit coach. 

Coaches will:
Help create a personalized plan.
Provide tips on how to deal with cravings and withdrawal.
Connect you with quit-smoking medications through a health insurer or community program.

Coaching help is available in several languages:

English: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Spanish: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)
Mandarin and Cantonese: 1-800-838-8917
Korean: 1-800-556-5564
Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440

Quitlines are proven to increase your chances of quitting successfully and staying quit. Want to learn more? Check out the top 10 frequently asked questions about Quitlines.

Tips From Former Smokers is a CDC campaign which provides advice directly from people who quit smoking. Click the image above to read real stories from former smokers.