The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Harness the Power of Data
Increasing and improving access to CDC’s chronic disease and health promotion data and indicators is a key component of addressing the burden of chronic diseases in the United States. Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of our nation’s health care costs.
In January 2015, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC launched Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Data & Indicators that aims to enable quick access to data and indicators across health areas such as tobacco use, reproductive health, oral health, cancer, legislative actions, and behavioral risk factors — to name only a few.
As an early adopter in the Center, the Office on Smoking and Health migrated the current and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control housed in the State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System to the new data Tobacco Use Portal and opened the door to using a new technology portfolio to reinvent the STATE System for 2015.
Data analysts, policy staff, and researchers can quickly view data in colorful charts, graphs, and maps, create custom filters to subset data, download data in a variety of formats, and even receive updates when data of interest has been updated. The featured dataset below displays a map of U.S. states with comprehensive smoke-free air laws, which protect the public from exposure to secondhand smoke.