One In Four Oklahomans Smoke

Friday, September 28th 2007, 9:54 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A new study shows Oklahoma is tied for the third highest smoking rate in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one-fourth of the residents of both Oklahoma and Mississippi were smokers in 2006.

Kentucky had the highest rate with 28.6% of adults who smoke.

The lowest rate is in Utah where just under 10% of the population smokes.

Doug Matheny with the Oklahoma Department of Health says tobacco sales fell by 14% from 2004 to 2006. He says the drop is due to higher taxes on tobacco that went into effect January 1st, 2005.

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