10 US Cities With the Most Smokers

In some cities, smoking rate tops 28%
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2017 8:15 AM CDT
10 US Cities With the Most Smokers
The national smoking rate is 18.2%.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

In the past 50 years, the US smoking rate has fallen from 40% to about 18%. That suggests the habit and the health problems associated with it are easing, yet more than a quarter of residents still smoke in some US cities. The US metropolitan areas (none of them major ones) with the highest smoking rates, per 24/7 Wall St.:

  1. Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla.: 28.3%
  2. Lafayette, La.: 28.3%
  3. Erie, Pa.: 28.2%
  4. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.: 28%
  5. Fayetteville, NC: 27.8%
  6. Spartanburg, SC: 27.6%
  7. Canton-Massillon, Ohio: 27.5%
  8. Huntington-Ashland, W. Va.-Ky.-Ohio: 27.2%
  9. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC: 25.4%
  10. Winston-Salem, NC: 25%
Click for the full list or see the US cities with the worst diets. (More smoking stories.)

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