Health
Smoking Rate
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Smoking Rate
2018
Arkansas County21%
Ashley County22%
Baxter County30%
Benton County18%
Boone County31%
Bradley County25%
Calhoun County23%
Carroll County18%
Chicot County20%
Clark County26%
Clay County33%
Cleburne County22%
Cleveland County27%
Columbia County26%
Conway County20%
Craighead County29%
Crawford County17%
Crittenden County31%
Cross County32%
Dallas County25%
Desha County19%
Drew County25%
Faulkner County18%
Franklin County16%
Fulton County33%
Garland County19%
Grant County18%
Greene County32%
Hempstead County24%
Hot Spring County22%
Howard County22%
Independence County36%
Izard County32%
Jackson County29%
Jefferson County17%
Johnson County16%
Lafayette County28%
Lawrence County35%
Lee County32%
Lincoln County25%
Little River County28%
Logan County18%
Lonoke County18%
Madison County16%
Marion County36%
Miller County28%
Mississippi County27%
Monroe County28%
Montgomery County18%
Nevada County25%
Newton County21%
Ouachita County24%
Perry County16%
Phillips County19%
Pike County21%
Poinsett County26%
Polk County17%
Pope County22%
Prairie County24%
Pulaski County16%
Randolph County39%
Saline County17%
Scott County27%
Searcy County18%
Sebastian County21%
Sevier County41%
Sharp County39%
St. Francis County17%
Stone County27%
Union County22%
Van Buren County20%
Washington County18%
White County26%
Woodruff County33%
Yell County21%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health







NATIONAL RANKING
49

OUT OF 51
2018

STATE TREND

Decreasing


23%

2018

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults in a region who currently smoke cigarettes.

Why is this important?

Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death, causing more than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S. and leading to higher long-term health costs. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease both among smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2018, 23% of adults reported being smokers, down 4 percentage points from 2011, but 7 points above the national rate. That makes Arkansas 49th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Smoking rates were similar among men and women (24% and 22%, respectively), and among white and black adults (at 23% and 21%, respectively). Rates were lower among Hispanics (16%) and higher among multiracial, non-Hispanic adults (27%) and highest - 42% - among American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-Hispanics, a small group in Arkansas. In general, smoking rates have decreased modestly since 2011.

Smoking rates varied greatly by county, with the highest rates in Sharp and Randolph counties (both at 39%) and Sevier County (41%). The lowest rates were in Franklin, Johnson, Madison, Perry and Pulaski counties, all at 16%.

Notes about the data

National data comes from a survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.




Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Smoking Rate
20112012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas27%25%26%25%25%24%22%23%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention






Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Smoking Rate by Race
American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-HispanicBlack, non-HispanicHispanicMultiracial, non-HispanicWhite, non-Hispanic
Arkansas42%21%16%27%23%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention





Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Smoking Rate by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas22%24%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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