Tobacco Use and
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.
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