United States of Smokers

About one in five American adults smokes, according to the 2009 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being survey.

The smoking rate is highest in Kentucky and West Virginia, where nearly a third of adults (31 percent) smoke, and lowest in Utah, where just 13 percent of adults smoke. Click on the interactive map below to see smoking rates for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As you can see, the 10 states with the highest smoking rates — where a quarter or more of the population smokes — are in the South or Midwest.

Education and tobacco tax policies appear to be closely related to smoking rates, too. States whose populations have higher levels of educational attainment have lower smoking rates, and residents of states with high cigarette taxes are also less likely to smoke than their counterparts in states with low cigarette taxes.

State Percent of adults who say they smoke
Alabama 25%
Alaska 22%
Arizona 19%
Arkansas 26%
California 16%
Colorado 20%
Connecticut 20%
Delaware 22%
District of Columbia 18%
Florida 21%
Georgia 22%
Hawaii 19%
Idaho 18%
Illinois 22%
Indiana 27%
Iowa 21%
Kansas 22%
Kentucky 31%
Louisiana 26%
Maine 20%
Maryland 19%
Massachusetts 19%
Michigan 23%
Minnesota 19%
Mississippi 24%
Missouri 26%
Montana 18%
Nebraska 21%
Nevada 24%
New Hampshire 21%
New Jersey 18%
New Mexico 22%
New York 20%
North Carolina 24%
North Dakota 23%
Ohio 26%
Oklahoma 28%
Oregon 20%
Pennsylvania 23%
Rhode Island 22%
South Carolina 26%
South Dakota 20%
Tennessee 28%
Texas 21%
Utah 13%
Vermont 22%
Virginia 20%
Washington 20%
West Virginia 31%
Wisconsin 22%
Wyoming 24%

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