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Smoking remains an important health issue in America, although we have fortunately seen some decline in cigarette smoking since 1990.

The prevalence of smoking in the population has an adverse impact on overall health by causing increased cases of respiratory diseases, heart disease, stroke, cancer, preterm birth, low birth weight and premature death (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/). Tobacco use is estimated to be responsible for about one in five deaths annually, or about 443,000 deaths per year. It is a lifestyle behavior that an individual can directly influence with support from the community and, as required, clinical intervention. It is an indication of known, addictive, health-adverse behavior within the population.

Smoking measures the percent of the population over age 18 who smoke tobacco products regularly. It is defined as the percentage of adults who self-report smoking at least 100 cigarettes and currently smoke regularly. The ranks are based on self-report data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

USA Smoking (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of population over age 18 that smokes on a regular basis.
  • Percentage of adults who are current smokers (self-report smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke). (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

The measures tracked by America's Health Rankings are those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For a state to improve the health of its population, efforts must focus on these measures, these determinants of health.


State Changes
Over Time
Rank Value Take Action
Alabama graph 43 21.9 View Actions
Alaska graph 38 20.4 View Actions
Arizona graph 4 13.5 View Actions
Arkansas graph 46 22.9 View Actions
California graph 2 12.1 View Actions
Colorado graph 18 16.0 View Actions
Connecticut graph 3 13.2 View Actions
Delaware graph 25 17.3 View Actions
Florida graph 23 17.1 View Actions
Georgia graph 27 17.6 View Actions
Hawaii graph 7 14.5 View Actions
Idaho graph 15 15.7 View Actions
Illinois graph 20 16.9 View Actions
Indiana graph 41 21.2 View Actions
Iowa graph 19 16.1 View Actions
Kansas graph 22 17.0 View Actions
Kentucky graph 49 24.8 View Actions
Louisiana graph 44 22.1 View Actions
Maine graph 28 18.2 View Actions
Maryland graph 10 15.2 View Actions
Massachusetts graph 5 14.1 View Actions
Michigan graph 33 18.9 View Actions
Minnesota graph 8 14.9 View Actions
Mississippi graph 46 22.9 View Actions
Missouri graph 40 21.1 View Actions
Montana graph 32 18.8 View Actions
Nebraska graph 24 17.2 View Actions
Nevada graph 42 21.3 View Actions
New Hampshire graph 20 16.9 View Actions
New Jersey graph 6 14.4 View Actions
New Mexico graph 30 18.5 View Actions
New York graph 14 15.5 View Actions
North Carolina graph 36 19.8 View Actions
North Dakota graph 26 17.4 View Actions
Ohio graph 45 22.5 View Actions
Oklahoma graph 48 23.7 View Actions
Oregon graph 9 15.1 View Actions
Pennsylvania graph 29 18.4 View Actions
Rhode Island graph 15 15.7 View Actions
South Carolina graph 39 21.0 View Actions
South Dakota graph 12 15.4 View Actions
Tennessee graph 37 20.1 View Actions
Texas graph 17 15.8 View Actions
Utah graph 1 9.1 View Actions
Vermont graph 12 15.4 View Actions
Virginia graph 30 18.5 View Actions
Washington graph 10 15.2 View Actions
West Virginia graph 50 26.8 View Actions
Wisconsin graph 34 19.1 View Actions
Wyoming graph 35 19.5 View Actions
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