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Wyoming tops in chewers


Wyoming tops the nation in chewing tobacco use, with nearly 1 in 6 adult men in that state using the product.

Government researchers found men use chew, snuff and other smokeless products at much higher rates than women. In Wyoming and West Virginia, about 9 percent of all adults — both men and women — use smokeless tobacco.

The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the government’s first attempts to gather state-level statistics on smokeless tobacco. Past research suggests the national usage rate is around 2 percent.

The report also found that In 2009, current smoking prevalence was highest in Kentucky (25.6%), West Virginia (25.6%), and Oklahoma (25.5%), and lowest in Utah (9.8%), California (12.9%), and Washington (14.9%).

The study is based on a telephone survey last year of more than 430,000 people in all 50 states. The survey asked people whether they smoked cigarettes and/or used smokeless tobacco.

Often people said yes to both. Many of the states with the highest smoking rates also had the highest use of smokeless tobacco products.

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