- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State health officials say Oklahoma’s adult smoking rate is continuing to decline, dropping nearly 20 percent over the past four years to a new all-time low.

Survey results released Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health show the number of Oklahomans who smoke dropped to 21 percent in 2014, the state’s lowest rate ever. The decline moved Oklahoma’s ranking from 46th out of 50 states in 2013 to 40th last year.

The department’s Commissioner Terry Cline says he’s pleased with the news but troubled that more than 600,000 Oklahoma adults are addicted to cigarettes. He also expressed concern over survey results that show more than 7 percent of Oklahoma residents are using electronic cigarettes, which use a heating element to convert nicotine into an inhalable water vapor.

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