Anti-smoking efforts appear to be working

Anti-smoking measures enacted by state governments have been successful in reducing the prevalence of smoking, according to data from the 1992-1993, 1998-1999 and 2006-2007 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey. Smoking prevalence decreased in all states except Wyoming and the largest reductions were in states that had high excise taxes on cigarettes and strong smoke-free laws.

[SOURCE: Ahmedin Jemal, et al, “Changes in smoking prevalence among U.S. adults by state and region,” BMC Public Health, August, 2011]

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Last Updated November 23, 2011