What are we measuring?
This metric indicates the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Fulton County as estimated through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) conducted annually by the Georgia Department of Public Health in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The number reported represents the percent of survey respondents indicating that they smoke everyday or some days.
Why are we measuring it?
Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the U.S. According to the CDC, the annual costs to the U.S. include $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke.
How are we doing?
The smoking rate among adults in Fulton County has remained fairly steady at around 14% over the last three years for which data are available. The County's rate remains below the national rate of 17% and in 2017 was the fourth lowest among the national benchmark counties.