Adult Smoking - Overall Statistics for Connecticut
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States. Tracking statewide smoking rates is one of the population health measures required as part of the SIM Test grant. The plan for improving population health utilizes and builds upon the DPH’s recent State Health Assessment, State Health Improvement Plan (Healthy Connecticut 2020) and the state Chronic Disease Prevention Plan.
The Dashboard uses BRFSS data and defines adult smoking as respondents (18+) who reported they currently smoke cigarettes every day or some days.
Prior to the CT SIM implementation (2013 – 2015), there was a steady decline in the percent of adults who smoked. In 2013, the percent of adults who smoked was 15.5 and by 2015 the percent decreased to 13.5. Since the implementation of CT SIM, the downward trend has continued from 13.3 percent in 2016 to 12.7 percent in 2017. The goal of CT SIM is to reduce the percent of adult Connecticut residents who smoke to 12.2 percent by 2020.