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Health Indicator Report of Smoking-Related Deaths

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. The five leading causes of smoking-related death in New Mexico are chronic airway obstruction, lung cancer, ischemic heart disease, other heart disease, and bronchitis/emphysema. Historically, New Mexico's rates for smoking-related causes such as lung cancer have been among the lowest in the nation. Nonetheless, a comparison of New Mexico's smoking-related death rates to its alcohol and drug-related death rates shows that the burden of death associated with smoking is still considerably greater than the burden associated with these other substances. This speaks to the public health importance of smoking prevention efforts, even in a state with low rates relative to the rest of the nation.

Smoking-Related Deaths by County, New Mexico, 2012-2016


The counties with the highest rates and relatively heavy burdens of smoking-related death (i.e., 20 or more deaths a year) are Sierra, Quay, Torrance, Lea, and Chaves counties.
The counties with the highest rates and relatively heavy burdens of smoking-related death (i.e., 20 or more deaths a year) are Sierra, Quay, Torrance, Lea, and Chaves counties.

Notes

All rates are deaths per 100,000 population and age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.

Data Interpretation Issues

These tables are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) methodology. However, CDC's SAMMEC site reports age-adjusted rates based on the age 35+ population; whereas this report calculates age-adjusted rates for the entire population. As a result, the smoking-attributable mortality rates reported here are lower than those reported by the CDC's SAMMEC site.

Definition

Smoking-related deaths are defined using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) methodology. However, CDC's SAMMEC site reports age-adjusted rates based on the age 35+ population; whereas this report calculates age-adjusted rates for the entire population. As a result, the smoking-attributable mortality rates reported here are lower than those reported by the CDC's SAMMEC site.

Numerator

Number of smoking-related deaths in New Mexico

Denominator

New Mexico Population

Other Objectives

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Page Content Updated On 09/08/2017, Published on 05/30/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 30 May 2018 17:05:12 MDT