Query Criteria for the Current Cigarette Smoking Measure

Percentage current smoker vs. not current smoker Filter: Current smoker (smokes cigarettes "every day" or "some days")
Year Filter: 2017, 2016, 2015
Data Grouped By:County

Data List

CountyCounty ID Percentage95%CI -LL-95%CI -UL-Number of Responses (unweighted)Sample Size (excluding 'unknown' responses)Statistical Stability
Record Count: 34
**The count or rate in certain cells of the table has been suppressed either because 1) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication, or 2) it could be used to calculate the number in a cell that has been suppressed. For survey queries, percentages calculated from fewer than 50 survey responses are suppressed.
De Baca11********39Unstable
Dona Ana1314.6%12.5%17.0%2341,728-
Harding21********17Very Unstable
Los Alamos287.9%3.8%15.8%10182Unstable
Rio Arriba3921.9%17.3%27.3%99609-
San Juan4517.9%15.8%20.1%4172,643-
San Miguel4719.7%14.7%25.9%54299-
Santa Fe4914.3%12.1%16.9%1841,542-

Data Notes

Question Wording:

Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life? Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?

Statistical Stability

Statistical stability, reported in the data table, is based on a statistic called the "Relative Standard Error," or RSE, which is the standard error expressed as a proportion of the point estimate (e.g., 30% of the point estimate). The following conventions are used here to interpret the RSE. * A dash (-) means that the relative standard error (RSE) is below 0.30 and the count or rate may be considered stable. * "Unstable" is displayed when the RSE is 0.30-0.50. An unstable count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). * "Very Unstable" is displayed when the RSE is greater than 0.50. A very unstable count or rate should not be used to inform decisions. You may combine years or otherwise increase the population size used in the query to achieve a more stable count or rate. Problems with statistical instability typically occur when there is a small number of health events in a small population. For more information on statistical stability, visit the NM-IBIS Reliability & Validity page [https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/resource/ReliabilityValidity.html].

Weighted Survey Data

The percentages reported above have been produced by weighting the sample so that the results better represent the New Mexico population. The sample sizes reported in the table are unweighted. Percentages calculated using the unweighted sample sizes will not be accurate.

Asymmetric Confidence Intervals

The confidence bounds are asymmetric. They do not extend evenly above and below the percentage, especially as the percentage gets close to 0% or 100%.

NM-IBIS Map Guidance

For guidance on NM-IBIS map categories, please visit [https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/resource/MapChoroClasses.html].

U.S. Data

Comparable data for the U.S. and other states may be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) website, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/].

Data Sources

Data Issues

Survey Sample

The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods. Excluded are adults living in households without a landline telephone and those living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. Results have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender and geographic area of residence.


The denominator includes all survey respondents ages 18 years and older except those with missing, don't know and refused answers. If the query was limited to a particular sub-population-group, only those respondents are included in the denominator.

County Estimates

The county-level BRFSS data have been weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Query Date Time Stamp

These data were queried on: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:01:49 MDT
The dataset was last updated on: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:08:26 MDT
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Content updated: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:16:11 MDT