- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

The percentage of U.S. adults who smoke has declined considerably, from about one-third of adults in 1980 to a quarter of adults in 1990 to fewer than 17 percent in the most recent surveys. Adult smoking rates in each state and the District of Columbia:

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1. West Virginia: 26.7 percent

2. Kentucky: 26.2 percent

3. Arkansas: 24.7 percent

4. Tennessee: 24.2 percent

5. Louisiana: 24 percent

6. Mississippi: 23 percent

7. Indiana: 22.9 percent

8. South Carolina: 21.5 percent

9. Michigan: 21.2 percent

10. Alabama: 21.1 percent

11. Oklahoma: 21.1 percent

12. Ohio: 21 percent

13. Missouri: 20.6 percent

14. Alaska: 19.9 percent

15. Delaware: 19.9 percent

16. Montana: 19.9 percent

17. North Dakota: 19.9 percent

18. Pennsylvania: 19.9 percent

19. Virginia: 19.5 percent

20. Wyoming: 19.5 percent

21. Maine: 19.3 percent

22. New Mexico: 19.1 percent

23. North Carolina: 19.1 percent

24. South Dakota: 18.6 percent

25. Iowa: 18.5 percent

26. Kansas: 18.1 percent

27. Florida: 17.6 percent

28. New Hampshire: 17.5 percent

29. Georgia: 17.4 percent

30. Wisconsin: 17.4 percent

31. Nebraska: 17.3 percent

32. Nevada: 17 percent

33. Oregon: 17 percent

34. Arizona: 16.5 percent

35. Illinois: 16.5 percent

36. District of Columbia: 16.4 percent

37. Vermont: 16.4 percent

38. Minnesota: 16.3 percent

39. Rhode Island: 16.3 percent

40. Idaho: 15.9 percent

41. Colorado: 15.7 percent

42. Connecticut: 15.4 percent

43. Washington: 15.3 percent

44. New Jersey: 15.1 percent

45. Massachusetts: 14.7 percent

46. Maryland: 14.6 percent

47. Texas: 14.5 percent

48. New York: 14.4 percent

49. Hawaii: 14.1 percent

50. California: 12.8 percent

51. Utah: 9.7 percent

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Source: 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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