The United States of Smoking

TIME Health
For more, visit TIME Health.

At 12:01 am, Wednesday morning, it became illegal to light up a cigarette in a bar in New Orleans, a city famed for its nightlife. Orleans Parish, where New Orleans is located, had an adult smoking rate of 19.9 percent in 2012, the most recent year for which nationwide data is available. The median rate for all counties was 20.8 percent, according to, which is published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The tables below show the counties with the highest percentage of adult smokers and those with the lowest percentage of smokers in the United States for which numbers are available.

Counties With Highest Percentage of Smokers in 2012
Scott, Tennessee51.1
Limestone, Texas49.2
Northwest Arctic, Alaska48.2
Ripley, Missouri47.1
Upshur, Texas46.8
Calhoun, West Virginia46.2
Greene, Illinois45.7
Menominee, Wisconsin45.6
North Slope, Alaska45.3
Gallatin, Kentucky45.1
Counties With Lowest Percentage of Smokers in 2012
Madison, Idaho3.1
Cache, Utah4.6
Utah, Utah5.4
Davis, Utah6.3
Nicollet, Minnesota6.6
Summit, Utah7.5
York, Virginia7.5
Wasatch, Utah7.8
Washington, Utah7.8
Montgomery, Maryland7.9

Read next: New Orleans Smoking Ban Takes Effect

The Brief NewsletterSign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample

Listen to the most important stories of the day.

TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.