Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

Iowa State Facts

Adult Prevalence:
18.8%
High School Smoking Rate:
18.9%
Middle School Smoking Rate:
2.8%
Smoking Attributable Deaths:
4,442
Smoking Attributable Lung Cancer Deaths:
1,380
Smoking Attributable Respiratory Disease Deaths:
1,294

 

Adult smoking rate is taken from CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008 Prevalence Data. High school smoking rate is taken from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System. Middle school smoking rate is taken from the 2008 Iowa Youth Tobacco Survey.

Health impact information is taken from the Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) software. Smoking attributable deaths reflect average annual estimates for the period 2000-2004 and are calculated for persons aged 35 years and older. They do not take into account deaths from burns or secondhand smoke. Respiratory diseases include pneumonia, influenza, bronchitis, emphysema and chronic airway obstruction. The estimated economic impact of smoking is based on smoking-attributable health care expenditures in 2004 and the average annual productivity losses for the period 2000-2004.

 


The American Lung Association in Iowa advocated to maintain two key tobacco control priorities: 1) funding for the Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control budget and 2) the Iowa Smokefree Air Act. Together with our partners, we stood strong on the need for programming and services in the state following our tobacco tax increase and smokefree air victories in 2007 and 2008.

Despite much discussion by opponents of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act, the Iowa legislature did not attempt to overturn or weaken the statewide smokefree law covering workplaces, restaurants, bars and private clubs. Legislative leaders agreed with statewide tobacco control advocates on the need for time to implement and enforce the law before addressing any changes to it. In 2008, the original smokefree legislation bounced between the two legislative chambers a total of six times before narrowly passing with an exemption for casino floors. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver signed the bill into law on April 15, 2008, and the Iowa Smokefree Air Act went into effect July 1, 2008.

The implementation of the Smokefree Air Act was managed by the Iowa Department of Public Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Division. During Fiscal Year 2009, the Division and its partners addressed the following:

* 3,318 complaints submitted to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
* 2,101 complaints were determined to be valid.
* 62 percent of valid complaints were made toward bars or restaurants.
* 40 percent of valid complaints dealt with smoking in prohibited areas. Other complaints dealt with signage, ashtrays, businesses not addressing smokers and/or infiltration of smoke.
* Approximately only 1 percent of Iowa businesses were in violation of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.
* 75 businesses were referred to the Office of the Iowa Attorney General for multiple violations.

Funding for the Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control budget was not cut as deeply as previously expected. The Iowa Tobacco Control Division begins the 2010 Fiscal Year with a total of $10,125,870; of that total, $500,000 came from federal stimulus funds.

The American Lung Association in Iowa will continue to advocate for smokefree air and to maintain Iowa's funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The Lung Association and our partners continue to work closely with state leadership to determine when the time is right to move forward with including casinos in our statewide smokefree law.

 For more information visit: www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org