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Maps: This Is Where All the Smokers Are in the US


These maps highlight which states have the highest and lowest rates of smoking—and smoking-related deaths.

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In spite of aggressive anti-smoking campaigns and effective alternatives, like e-cigs, a surprising number of people in the US still smoke cigarettes. While smoking has been on the decline since 2005, according to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 27.3% of US adults still regularly smoke cigarettes—that is, 46 million of us.

But smoking rates vary significantly by state, so Vocative created a series of maps to highlight aspects of the CDC report. For instance, there is a cluster of higher smoking rates in the Southeast. In West Virginia more than 100 cigarette packs are sold per person per year; in New York State, that number is just 16. The CDC also found that Kentucky has the highest rate of smoking-related deaths, at about 371 per 100,000 people; Utah, on the other side of the country, has the lowest.

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