2017 Wyoming Adult Tobacco Survey

The Wyoming Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS) is a key component in the evaluation of Wyoming’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP). Under contract to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) at the University of Wyoming called adults across the state (via cell phone and landline) to ask about their use of and attitudes about tobacco products and policies.

Existence of and Public Support for Smokefree Policies and Laws

Each year between 2005 and 2009, about 41,000 nonsmoking people in the United States died prematurely from heart disease or lung cancer caused by exposure to secondhand smoke (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2014). One of the four key goals the Wyoming Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) shares with the federal tobacco prevention and control program is to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2017a). The majority of Wyoming adults agree with the statement, “Secondhand smoke is very harmful to one’s health.” Further, 79% of Wyoming adults would support a law making the indoor areas of restaurants smokefree, and 80% would support a law for smokefree indoor work areas (WYSAC, 2018). Enactment, implementation, and enforcement of smokefree policies and laws protect the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Yet, 71% of Wyoming residents are not covered by a comprehensive smokefree indoor air law, making them vulnerable to secondhand smoke in public places.

Tobacco and Chronic Disease

Chronic disease is a general term that refers to illnesses that progress slowly and last a long time (World Health Organization [WHO], 2014), such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and sickness in the United States and Wyoming (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics [CDC, NCDHS], 2017). “Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature disease and death in the United States” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2014, p. iii).

Impact of Tobacco in Wyoming

The Wyoming Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) shares four goals with the national tobacco prevention and control program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Impact of Tobacco in Wyoming: 2017 Annual Summary provides data on the prevalence of tobacco use and data associated with these four goals:

Reduce youth initiation (CDC, 2014b),
Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke (Starr et al., 2005),
Promote tobacco cessation (CDC, 2015),
Minimize disparities in the burden of tobacco use (Starr et al., 2005).

2016 Hospitality Survey

The Wyoming Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) shares a goal with the federal tobacco prevention and control program: decrease exposure to secondhand smoke (Starr, et al., 2005). According to the Surgeon General (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2014) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2014), smoke-free air policies improve public health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

Impact of Tobacco in Wyoming

The Impact of Tobacco in Wyoming: 2016 Annual Summary provides data on the prevalence of tobacco use and data associated with the four goals of the Wyoming Tobacco Prevention and Control Program:

Reduce youth initiation
Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke
Promote tobacco cessation
Minimize disparities in the burden of tobacco use.

Impact of Tobacco in Wyoming

The Impact of Tobacco in Wyoming: 2015 Annual Summary provides data on the prevalence of tobacco use and data associated with the four goals of the Wyoming Tobacco Prevention and Control Program:

Reduce youth initiation
Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke
Promote tobacco cessation
Minimize disparities in the burden of tobacco use.