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ADVISORY CONCERNING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, THE PRACTICE OF “VAPING,” “JUULING” AND USE OF OTHER ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS OR ENDS

Statistics and Reports

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Tennessee, accounting for 14,981 deaths or approximately 27% of deaths in 2004. (Division of Health Statistics, Tennessee Department of Health)
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death, accounting for 3,669 deaths or approximately 7% of deaths in 2004. (Division of Health Statistics, Tennessee Department of Health)
  • Together, heart disease and stroke account for 1 out of 3 deaths in Tennessee each year. Tennessee had the 3rd highest cardiovascular disease death rate in the nation in 2000-2002. (United Health Foundation)
  • The age-adjusted death rates for both heart disease and stroke were higher among black Tennesseans than among white Tennesseans (heart disease: 322 per 100,000 persons for blacks and 246 per 100,000 persons for whites in 2004; Stroke: 86 per 100,000 for blacks and 60 per 100,000 for whites in 2004). (Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health)
  • Heart disease and stroke age-adjusted death rates in Tennessee were also higher among men than among women (heart disease: 320 per 100,000 for men and 205 per 100,000 persons for women in 2004; Stroke: 66 per 100,000 for men and 61 per 100,000 for women in 2004). (Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health)
  • Nearly 70,000 Tennesseans were hospitalized for diseases of the heart (primary diagnosis) in 2002 (The Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Tennessee, 2006)
  • Inpatient charges associated with diseases of the heart increased from $1.2 billion in 1997 (2002 constant dollars) to $2.1 billion in 2002, a 73% of increase. (The Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Tennessee, 2006)
  • Stroke inpatient charges increased 73% from $228 million in 1997 (2002 constant dollars) to $395 million in 2002. (The Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Tennessee, 2006)
  • According to the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey results, the estimated prevalence rates among adult Tennesseans for heart disease and stroke, and their risk factors, are as follows:
  • 5.1% ever had heart attack or myocardial infarction
  • 4.7% ever had angina or coronary heart disease
  • 3.2% ever had stroke
  • 9.1% ever had diabetes
  • 30.2% ever had high blood pressure
  • Among those who reported ever having had their blood cholesterol checked, 32.9% had high blood cholesterol
  • 26.7% were current smokers
  • 33.1% reported no leisure time exercise in the prior 30 days
  • 62.3% were overweight or obese (Body Mass Index greater than or equal to 25.0)