The United States of Smoking

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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, Tennessee 51.1 Limestone, Texas 49.2 Northwest Arctic, Alaska 48.2 Ripley, Missouri 47.1 Upshur, Texas 46.8 Calhoun, West Virginia 46.2 Greene, Illinois 45.7 Menominee, Wisconsin 45.6 North Slope, Alaska 45.3 Gallatin, Kentucky 45.1 Counties With Lowest Percentage of Smokers in 2012 Madison, Idaho 3.1 Cache, Utah 4.6 Utah, Utah 5.4 Davis, Utah 6.3 Nicollet, Minnesota 6.6 Summit, Utah 7.5 York, Virginia 7.5 Wasatch, Utah 7.8 Washington, Utah 7.8 Montgomery, Maryland 7.9

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