|Hot Spring County||22%|
|Little River County||28%|
|St. Francis County||17%|
|Van Buren County||20%|
What does this measure?
The percentage of adults in a region who currently smoke cigarettes.
Why is this important?
Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death, causing more than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S. and leading to higher long-term health costs. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease both among smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke.
How is Arkansas doing?
In 2018, 23% of adults reported being smokers, down 4 percentage points from 2011, but 7 points above the national rate. That makes Arkansas 49th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Smoking rates were similar among men and women (24% and 22%, respectively), and among white and black adults (at 23% and 21%, respectively). Rates were lower among Hispanics (16%) and higher among multiracial, non-Hispanic adults (27%) and highest - 42% - among American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-Hispanics, a small group in Arkansas. In general, smoking rates have decreased modestly since 2011.
Smoking rates varied greatly by county, with the highest rates in Sharp and Randolph counties (both at 39%) and Sevier County (41%). The lowest rates were in Franklin, Johnson, Madison, Perry and Pulaski counties, all at 16%.
Notes about the data
National data comes from a survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.
|American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic||Black, non-Hispanic||Hispanic||Multiracial, non-Hispanic||White, non-Hispanic|
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