- Tobacco use is a leading cause of death in Sonoma County.
- There are approximately 570 smoking-attributable deaths each year. These smoking-attributable deaths represent 15% of total annual deaths (2008-12 annual average).
- The estimated adult smoking prevalence is 14% (2011-12 data).
- An estimated 69% of eleventh graders reported that it was "fairly easy" or "very easy" for eleventh graders to get cigarettes if they really wanted them (2013-14 data).
- An estimated 18% of adults have ever been diagnosed with asthma (2011-12 data).
- The total estimated cost of smoking was $277.7 million in 2009. This estimate includes direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature deaths.
The adverse health effects of tobacco are immense and real in Sonoma County. Members of our youth are starting to smoke young, thus starting a lifelong habit that could lead to negative health consequences in the future. As shown below, the health impacts of tobacco-related illnesses negatively impact our community.
Data sources: Smoking-attributable mortality, 2008-2012 annual average, Sonoma County Department of Health Services; California Healthy Kids Survey Sonoma County 2013-14 Main Report; California Health Interview Survey, 2011-12.; Maternal and Infant Health Assessment, 2012; Max W. Sung H-Y, Shi Y, Stark B. The Cost of Smoking in California, 2009. San Francisco, CA: Institute for Health & Again, University of California, San Francisco, 2014.