Percentage of Smokers in Tennessee Way Above National Average
The 36th annual World No Tobacco Day will be recognized throughout the nation on Wednesday, May 31, and one state has to learn to stop striking matches.
The day, created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987, is intended to inform the public on the dangers of using tobacco and what people can do to live a healthier lifestyle.
WHO has reported that eight million deaths occur every year due to the consumption of tobacco, as it is the leading cause of respiratory issues such as pulmonary disease, tuberculosis and other lung diseases.
With the day dedicated to curtailing smoking, BetTennessee.com took a break from covering Tennessee sports betting to research which states smoke the least and which ones smoke the most.
To do so, we took data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2021 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (CDC – 2021 BRFSS Survey Data and documentation).
Using this report, BetTennesse.com – your source for Tennessee sports betting apps - ranked the U.S. states, according to the percentage of adults who reported “smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke daily or some days.”
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Percentage of Adult Smokers Per State
Here are the results, from the state with the lowest concentration of adult smokers to the highest.
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Not a Good Result for Tennessee
The Volunteer State placed 47th out of 49 states and is the-third worst state for smoking at 19.7%. (There was not enough data to include Florida.)
Only two states ranked lower than Tennessee - Arkansas (21.1%) and West Virginia (22%). Two other Southern states rank among the nation's worst, with Louisiana (19.5%) coming in 44th and Mississippi, tied with Kentucky (19.6%), placing 45th.
According to the CDC, about 12 of every 100 adults (12.4%) who smoke live in the South, second only to the Midwest (14%), where 14 of every 100 adults smoke.
If you want to stop smoking and need help to do so, call the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). Or text “QUIT” to TN 2 Quit at 615-795-0600. You also can join the program online for free at www.tnquitline.org.
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