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Ky. smoking rate rises as U.S. rate falls

“Kentucky has failed to keep up with the nation’s gains in limiting tobacco use, outlined in the U.S. Surgeon General’s just-released 50th anniversary report on smoking and health,” points out Laura Ungar of The Courier-Journal.

“Since 1965, the report says, the percentage of U.S. smokers dropped from 42 to 18. But state- by-state statistics that date to 1995 show Kentucky has actually lost ground, with smoking rates rising half a percentage point — even as the nation’s rate dropped by five points.” The state’s rate is 28.3 percent.

— Kentucky Health News.

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