The percentage of adults who smoke in Tennessee ranges from a low of 14.7% in Williamson County to a high of 27.5% in Lauderdale County. Understanding where these disparities in health outcomes and risk factors occur is critical to understanding and improving community health.
The rates of tobacco use and smoking identified in Lauderdale County ZIP codes ranges from a low of 65 per 1,000 residents in Henning (38041) to a high of 165 per 1,000 residents in Halls (38040), a relative difference of 156%. Identifying the communities within counties that are driving poor health outcomes can help target resources to maximize the effectiveness of community health improvement interventions.
The rates of lung cancer diagnosed in a hospital setting reflect patterns of smoking in Lauderdale County. Rates of lung cancer range from a low of 3.8 per 1,000 residents in Henning (38041) to a high of 20.97 per 1,000 residents in Halls (38040), a relative difference of 453%. Identifying and understanding localized differences in health factors and health outcomes increases the likelihood of successful prevention efforts.