Curry County Health Highlights: Youth Smoking Prevalence
Tobacco Use: Youth Smoking Prevalence
Curry County Compared to State
*Description of Dashboard Gauge
Description of the Dashboard GaugeThis "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the community's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the community and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a community should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the community number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
Why Is This Important?Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. One in five adults and one in four youth smoke in New Mexico. About half of all lifetime smokers will die early because of their decisions to smoke. In New Mexico, about 2,100 people die from tobacco use annually and another 42,000 are living with tobacco-related diseases. Annual smoking-related costs in New Mexico are $928 million ($461 million in direct medical costs and $467 million in lost productivity).
Youth Smoking Prevalence by County, 2009
NoteData are not available for some counties due to lack of participation in the YRRS by a school district which comprises a majority of the county.
Data SourcesNew Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
Measure Description for Tobacco Use: Youth Smoking Prevalence
Definition: A current smoker is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public high school who smoked cigarettes on one or more days in the past month.
Numerator: Number of youth who reported smoking cigarettes on one or more days in the past month
Denominator: All youth who participated in the YRRS
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Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 12/15/2010