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Tobacco Epidemiology


Cigarette smoking in Michigan has been on the decline over the last number of years, decreasing over 15% since 2000; yet 1 in 5 Michigan adults are still considered current smokers with 80% of them starting before the age of 18. The Michigan Tobacco Control Program (MTCP) has five goal areas that are routinely worked on:

  • Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities
  • Eliminating nonsmoker's exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Promoting quitting among adults and young people
  • Preventing initiation of tobacco use among young people
  • Expand and stabliize tobacco control infrastructure and funding

Epidemiology Summary 

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in Michigan. Each year, an estimated 14,500 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 280,000 have a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 1.4 million Michigan adults smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers.

Tobacco Epidemiology Staff

Tobacco Statistician: Vacant

What We Do 

This position provides epidemiological support to the MTCP. This includes, but is not limited to, study design and planning, data management, program surveillance, statistical analysis, policy and program development, program evaluation, as well as technical expertise and training.

This position also plays an important role in the monitoring of progress toward the five goal areas highlighted in the Annual Action Plan which is submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (CDC-OSH) as part of our collaborative agreement. Furthermore, this position is involved in the development, coordination and maintenance of the Michigan Tobacco Control Program surveillance system; a system for monitoring tobacco use among youth and adults, exposure to secondhand smoke, quit attempts among current smokers and available resources.

Publications & Presentations

The latest Tobacco Epidemiology publications and presentations will be available in the near future.


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