In the US, as of 2009, 1 out of 5 people smoke. The highest number of smokers (31% of adults) reside in Kentucky and West Virginia. Overall, the states with the highest number of smokers are in the south or the midwest.
Approx. 20% of the world’s population smoke.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that smoking rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the past several decades, falling from 40% in 1965 to about 20% in 2006. Much of the decline is due to a disproportionate decrease in the number of people who smoke at least a pack a day.
In 1965 56% of all adult smokers consumed 20 or more cigarettes per day, but by 2007, that number had falled to 41%. In California, which has a history of unusually aggressive antismoking programs, the decrease was even larger – in 1965 only 23% of all smokers smoked at least a pack a day and in 2007 onlly 3% smoke that heavily.
It is interesting to note that the percentage of smokers in America decreased every single year from the 1950s on until 2006. We seem to have hit a (temporary?) plateau, but we still lose about 450,000 people a year to smoking-related deaths, and 92$ billion in lost productivity.
You can check out smoking rates per state at this CDC website. California and Utah had the least amount of adult smokers in 2009.
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