WHILE NATION’S SMOKERS DROP, WV TOPS THE LIST

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health linked for the first time smoking and adverse health outcomes, the health problems kept under the radar by the tobacco industry, their lobbyists and government officials.
The smoking rate in the United States has fallen precipitously in the last 50 years, dropping from 42.4% in 1965 to 18.0% in 2012.

Nearly one in five adults nationwide report a smoking habit today — and this rate varies considerably across the nation.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed adult smoking rates in each state from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Virginia has the highest adult smoking rate at 26.7%. In Utah, by contrast, only 9.7% of adults smoke, the lowest rate in the nation.

Calhoun has among the highest smoking rates near 40%.