City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Tobacco Related Deaths

Measure Description
This measure represents the number of tobacco related deaths in the City of Austin.  Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in Travis County accounting for more deaths each year than AIDS, crack, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, car accidents, fire, murder and suicide - combined. Tracking this measure is critical to assessing the on-going burden of tobacco use on the Austin and Travis County population.
Calculation Method
This sums the number of death certificates from the City of Austin that identify tobacco as a contributing factor to cause of death, indicating yes or probably on death certificate.
FY 2014-15 Results
In FY 2015, there were 729 tobacco related deaths, which is below the projection of 772.
Assessment of Results
This measure is monitored monthly to detect a rise in, or reduction in, tobacco-related deaths in the Austin/Travis County population. The number of death certificates from the City of Austin that identify tobacco as a contributing factor to cause of death, indicating yes or probably on death certificate will be assessed and appropriate interventions implemented. In FY 2013-14, the Health and Human Services Department provided technical support to implement tobacco-free campus policies in locations throughout Austin and Travis County, including Travis County offices, the University of Texas, Huston-Tillotson University, Capital Metro, Samsung, National Instruments, Easter Seals, and the Austin Child Guidance Center, protecting nearly 1,800,000 people from the effects of second-hand smoke.
Hispanic senior citizens
Next Steps
The Epidemiology and Statistics Unit will continue to monitor tobacco related deaths in the Austin/Travis County area. The importance of this measure is to ensure effective and appropriate tobacco control interventions are implemented to minimize the burden of tobacco related deaths in the community. The target goal for FY 2016 is a 5% reduction in tobacco-attributable deaths.
Contact Information
For more information, contact Philip Huang, MD, MPH Medical Director/Health Authority at (512) 972-5855.