What This Indicator Measures

This indicator tracks the percentage of adults in Western New York who are non-smokers.

Why This Measure Matters

Smoking is harmful to virtually every system in the human body; it is associated with a number of cancers and diseases, heart and blood vessel problems, strokes and cataracts. Females increase their risk of pregnancy complications by smoking, and even those around smoke can be affected by its second-hand effects.

% of Western New York Adults Who Are Non-Smokers

Data Sources & Notes

This chart presents summary level results that were calculated using the findings from the New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported in the New York State Department of Health County Health Assessment Indicator (CHAI) reports for 2004-06, which provide the percentage of adults who smoke. This includes those who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and reported smoking every day or some days.

A random sampling of adult respondents ages 18 and up were queried over the telephone in July 2003 about their health related behaviors, including their smoking habits. 640 interviews were conducted in each of 38 localities sampled across New York State, which included from Western New York: Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans, Allegany and Wyoming Counties. Survey procedures paralleled those of the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System administered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which collects similar data at the national and state levels.

Western New York's average reflects a population-weighted average, while the New York State average is reported by CHAI. The national average is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported by the CDC.

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Measuring Methods

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