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The 10 states with the most smokers

The 10 states with the most smokers

The smoking rate in the United States has fallen in the last 50 years, dropping from 42.4% in 1965 to 18.0% in 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, these are the ten states with the most smokers:

1. West Virginia
> Percent adult smokers: 26.7%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $0.55 (6th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 221.6 (3rd highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 466.4 (2nd highest)

2. Kentucky
> Percent adults smokers: 26.2%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $0.60 (10th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 228.8 (the highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 443.3 (7th highest)

3. Arkansas
> Percent adults smokers: 24.7%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $1.15 (20th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 216.9 (5th highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 446.0 (5th highest)

4. Tennessee
> Percent adults smokers: 24.2%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $0.62 (11th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 213.7 (7th highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 429.5 (8th highest)

5. Louisiana
> Percent adults smokers: 24.0%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $1.08 (19th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 217.9 (4th highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 445.9 (6th highest)

6. Mississippi
> Percent adults smokers: 23.0%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $0.68 (14th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 225.8 (2nd highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 487.0 (the highest)

7. Indiana
> Percent adults smokers: 22.9%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $1.00 (17th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 208.8 (9th highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 382.4 (10th highest)

8. South Carolina
> Percent adults smokers: 21.5%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $0.57 (8th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 203.2 (13th highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 400.2 (9th highest)

9. Michigan
> Percent adults smokers: 21.2%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $2.00 (11th highest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 198.7 (16th highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 356.5 (17th highest)

10. Oklahoma
> Percent adults smokers: 21.1%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $1.03 (18th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 215.8 (6th highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 452.7 (4th highest)

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