In recognition of National Prevention Week, we are drawing attention to health issues related to substance abuse and prevention. National Prevention Week is an annual health observance designed to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This year’s theme is: “Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference.”
Smoking is the nation’s largest preventable cause of disease and death. Approximately one in four Americans (68 million people) uses a tobacco product. Most tobacco users smoke cigarettes, and millions of other people also use other types of tobacco, such as cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff.
The maps below show the prevalence of smoking among people 18 years of age and older in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana (2006-2010).
The first one, called a thematic map, shows the rates of smoking in each county. Darker colors represent higher rates of smoking.
The second one, called a threshold map, shows all counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana in which 25 percent or more of the population smokes.
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Maps are based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. This and other BRFSS data sets are available in HealthLandscape’s Community HealthView data library.
Other sources include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Prevention Week Participant Toolkit.