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Smokes, Stroke & Heart Disease: The Best and Worst States

Sept. 10, 2014
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Kentucky has the highest prevalence of smokers in the nation, with a 28.3% rate of current cigarette use. Compare that to the national average of 18.1%, or to Utah, where only 10.6% of residents reportedly light up.

Residents of states with the highest smoking rates all experience stroke and coronary heart disease at higher rates than the national average. States where residents smoke the least all experience the same health problems at below the national rate.

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