- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Fewer than one in five adults smokes in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Monday that the adult smoking rate is 18 percent, a 2 percentage point drop from 2012. It is consistent with the national smoking rate of 17.8 percent.

The 18 percent rate in Wisconsin is the lowest on record.

Information from the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey shows that while smoking rates are down overall, they remain high among some groups.

For example, the survey found that 33 percent of Wisconsin residents who are low income or have less than a high school degree still smoke.

The survey also found that sales of tobacco to young people declined from 7.3 percent of retailers in 2013 to 6.4 percent in 2014.


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