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Wisconsin smoking rates vary widely by county

A new report from the Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research program, The Prevalence of Smoking in Wisconsin: Variability at the County Level, details smoking rates in all 72 Wisconsin counties over a three-year period from 2006 to 2008. The average smoking rate among adults statewide varied little across the three years analyzed, ranging from 19.1% in 2006 to 19.9% in 2008. At the county level, however, estimated prevalence rates vary widely, ranging from a low of 13.3% in Ozaukee County to 34.0% in Menominee County.

The primary source for the report is the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) telephone-based survey, which included an over-sample of residents in less densely populated counties to produce more reliable county-level estimates. Learn more about Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research conducted by CUIR in collaboration with Wisconsin's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.