Behavioral Risk, Tobacco and Injury Statistics
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an annual telephone survey implemented nationwide under a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1989, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has released annual reports using BRFSS data on various health risk behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, seat belt usage and health status.
Many Department of Health programs that utilize BRFSS statistics in their planning are located within the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction. These programs address many chronic diseases including arthritis, asthma, cancer, and diabetes as well as other program areas such as injury prevention and tobacco prevention and control. Links to these various programs can be found through the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction webpage.
The Pennsylvania Synar Survey is a combined annual effort of four different state bureaus, private contractors and youth volunteers to estimate the percentage of Pennsylvania cigarette retailers who have violated the law by selling cigarettes to minors.
Using PA death and hospital discharge data, the Pennsylvania Department of Health produces several reports on topics related to violence and injury. Reports cover unintentional falls, poisonings, motor vehicle accidents, firearm violence and a variety of other injuries, suicides and homicides.