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Smoking Rates, State By State

Smoking Rate States

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/17/11 12:00 PM ET Updated: 11/17/11 02:00 PM ET

South and Midwest states continue to lead the pack in terms of highest smoking rates in the United States, according to the new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, while states in the East and the West have the lowest smoking rates.

The results, based on the 177,600 interviews conducted between January and June of this year, show that on average, 21 percent of Americans still smoke today. The rate has been the same since 2008.

The rates are much lower than those of the 1940s to the 1970s, when smoking topped out around 40 percent, according to Gallup.

For the first half of the year, 18 states had a smoking rate that is lower than 20 percent, which is an improvement from 2010, when only eight states had a smoking rate below 20 percent. In 2008, there were 10 states with a smoking rate below 20 percent.

The Gallup results also showed that there were more smokers in the states where there are fewer smoking laws.

The results come on the day of the 36th Great American Smokeout, hosted by the American Cancer Society, to encourage people to quit smoking. November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month; smoking is the leading cause of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Check out the Gallup ranking of states, from the ones with the lowest smoking rates to the ones with the highest.

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  • Alabama

    In 2009, the life expectancy in Alabama was 72.5 for men and 78.2 for women.

  • Alaska

    In 2009, the life expectancy in Alaska was 75.6 for men and 80.2 for women.

  • Arizona

    In 2009, the life expectancy in Arizona was 77.6 for men and 82.4 for women.

  • Arkansas

    In 2009, the life expectancy in Arkansas was 73 for men and 79.1 for women.

  • 1. Utah

    Utah has the lowest percentage of smokers, at 11 percent.

  • 2. California

    In California, 15 percent of residents smoke.

  • 3. Hawaii

    In Hawaii, 16 percent of residents smoke.

  • 4. Massachusetts

    In Massachusetts, 17 percent of residents smoke.

  • 4. Minnesota

    In Minnesota, 17 percent of residents smoke.

  • 4. New Hampshire

    In New Hampshire, 17 percent of residents smoke.

  • 4. North Dakota

    In North Dakota, 17 percent of residents smoke.

  • 8. Vermont

    In Vermont, 18 percent of residents smoke.

  • 8. New Jersey

    In New Jersey, 18 percent of residents smoke.

  • 8. Connecticut

    In Connecticut, 18 percent of residents smoke.

  • 8. Idaho

    In Idaho, 18 percent of residents smoke.

  • 8. Oregon

    In Oregon, 18 percent of residents smoke.

  • 13. Washington

    IN Washington state, 19 percent of residents smoke.

  • 13. Maryland

    In Maryland, 19 percent of residents smoke.

  • 13. New York

    In New York, 19 percent of residents smoke.

  • 13. District Of Columbia

    In Washington, D.C., 19 percent of residents smoke.

  • 13. Virginia

    In Virginia, 19 percent of residents smoke.

  • 13. Kansas

    In Kansas, 19 percent of residents smoke.

  • 19. Colorado

    In Colorado, 20 percent of residents smoke.

  • 19. Rhode Island

    In Rhode Island, 20 percent of residents smoke.

  • 19. New Mexico

    In New Mexico, 20 percent of residents smoke.

  • 19. Wisconsin

    In Wisconsin, 20 percent of residents smoke.

  • 19. Montana

    In Montana, 20 percent of residents smoke.

  • 19. Maine

    In Maine, 20 percent of residents smoke.

  • 25. Nebraska

    In Nebraska, 21 percent of residents smoke.

  • 25. Texas

    In Texas, 21 percent of residents smoke.

  • 25. Florida

    In Florida, 21 percent of residents smoke.

  • 25. Georgia

    In Georgia, 21 percent of residents smoke.

  • 25. Wyoming

    In Wyoming, 21 percent of residents smoke.

  • 25. Illinois

    In Illinois, 21 percent of residents smoke.

  • 25. Delaware

    In Delaware, 21 percent of residents smoke.

  • 33. Pennsylvania

    In Pennsylvania, 22 percent of residents smoke.

  • 33. Iowa

    In Iowa, 22 percent of residents smoke.

  • 33. South Dakota

    In South Dakota, 22 percent of residents smoke.

  • 36. North Carolina

    In North Carolina, 23 percent of residents smoke.

  • 37. Nevada

    In Nevada, 24 percent of residents smoke.

  • 37. Michigan

    In Michigan, 24 percent of residents smoke.

  • 37. South Carolina

    In South Carolina, 24 percent of residents smoke.

  • 41. Tennessee

    In Tennessee, 25 percent of residents smoke.

  • 41. Indiana

    In Indiana, 25 percent of residents smoke.

  • 41. West Virginia

    In West Virginia, 25 percent of residents smoke.

  • 45. Missouri

    In Missouri, 26 percent of residents smoke.

  • 45. Ohio

    In Ohio, 26 percent of residents smoke.

  • 45. Louisiana

    In Louisiana, 26 percent of residents smoke.

  • 45. Oklahoma

    In Oklahoma, 26 percent of residents smoke.

  • 45. Mississippi

    In Mississippi, 26 percent of residents smoke.

  • 51. Kentucky

    Kentucky has the highest percentage of smokers, at 29 percent.

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