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CDC Releases Updates In MMWR

In National News, State News on January 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

Today, Jan 22, the CDC released in its MMWR (morbidity and mortality weekly report) an update to the smoking attributable death and years of potential life lost calculations.

Highlights:

  • CDC’s Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) system shows that tobacco results in 443,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
  • There are 5.1 million years of potential life lost annually in the U.S.
  • The median smoking-attributable mortality rate is 263 per 100,000 (2000-2004).  This is a decline of 24.8 deaths per 100,000 from 1996–1999 and reflects progress made in lowering smoking prevalence over the past 40 years.

Indiana specific highlights:

  • Annually 9,731 deaths are due to cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.  The smoking attributable mortality rate is now 308.9 per 100,000 (2000-2004) compared to 323.3 per 100,000 (1996-1999). This is a 14% decline overall.
  • Compared to 1999-1999 rates, smoking attributable mortality rates (2000-2004) for men in Indiana are down 43.7% compared to an increase of 1.7% for women. However, smoking attributable mortality rates for men are twice that of women. (Men 457 per 100,000 vs. Women 207 per 100,000)
  • 138,915 years of potential life lost happen annually in Indiana.
  • Smoking attributable mortality rates are 17% higher in Indiana that the U.S. median.
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