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Alaska sees biggest decline of smokers in nation

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:36 PM March 13, 2014

Alaska sees smoking rate decline of 6.5 percent from 2008 to 2013

ANCHORAGE – Smoking rates in Alaska are on the decline, according to poll results released Thursday.

Smoking rates dropped in nearly all 50 states from 2008 to 2013, but Alaska saw the biggest downturn in the nation with a 6.5 percent dip, according to Gallup poll results.

In 2008, about a quarter of the state population smoked. Compare this to 18.7 percent in 2013.

Utah has maintained its status as the state with the lowest smoking rate — 12.2 percent — while Kentucky has the highest — 30.2 percent.

The results are based on interviews conducted from Jan. 2 to Dec. 29, 2013. More than 178,000 Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were surveyed.

About 18 percent of adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other states that saw the biggest smoking rate decline are Rhode Island, North Dakota, Illinois and Nevada.

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