Survey: Indiana Smoking Rate Unchanged Since 2010

Posted On June 10, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

smoking-blowing-smoke.jpg(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A greater percentage of people in southeast Indiana smoke than the tri-state as a whole.

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey has released findings that 34 percent of adults in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland reported smoking. Last year, the entire tri-state’s adult smoking rate was 25 percent.

Both are above the national average of 20 percent.

“The good news is that the smoking rate in Greater Cincinnati has been steadily decreasing, down from 35 percent in 1999,” says Ann Barnum, Senior Program Officer, Healthy Choices about Substance Use, Interact for Health. “However, the smoking rate is still double that of the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12 percent, so we have a long way to go.”

Southeast Indiana especially has a way to go. The region’s 34 percent adult smoking rate has not changed since 2010.

Family physician Barbara Tobias, M.D., says support from a doctor or other health care provider can play an important role in helping adults to quit smoking. The Community Health Status Survey asked current smokers if a doctor or other health care provider had ever offered help or counseled them to quit smoking. Residents of southeast Indiana counties reported the least common offerings at 49 percent. The next lowest was the Hamilton County suburbs at 60 percent.

“Women reported being offered support to quit more often than men, even though an equal percentage of men and women are smokers,” says Dr. Tobias. “The number being offered support was also higher among low-income adults.”

The survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 1.5 percent, surveyed 4,929 randomly selected adults between August 20, 2013 and January 19, 2014. They came from eight Ohio counties, nine Kentucky counties, and five Indiana counties.

More information about Greater Cincinnati adults’ smoking rates, and other topics, is available online at www.interactforhealth.org/greater-cincinnati-community-health-status-survey.