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Where in America do women smoke the most?

March 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM ET

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Women in Kentucky are lighting up more than anywhere else in the country. So it should come as no surprise that Kentucky women also have the highest rate of lung cancer. Nearly 27 percent of women in the bluegrass state are smokers. On the other end of the spectrum is Utah, where less than 10 percent of women smoke—the lowest rate in the country, so it makes sense that Utah also has the lowest rate of lung cancer.

Here’s how the states rank when it comes to women who smoke: the #1 state on this list has the lowest percentage of women smokers while #50 has the highest. The numbers below are percentages.

RankState%
1Utah9.6
2California10.1
3Hawaii13.9
4New Jersey14.6
5Idaho15
5Texas15
7Colorado15.2
8Connecticut15.4
9Washington16.2
10Vermont16.5
11New York16.8
12Florida16.9
12Massachusetts16.9
14Minnesota17
15Maryland17.2
16Arizona17.5
17Illinois17.8
18Nebraska17.9
19Georgia18.2
19New Mexico18.2
21Delaware18.3
22Oregon18.4
23New Hampshire18.5
24Iowa18.6
25Rhode Island18.8
26Wisconsin19.1
27North Carolina19.2
28Kansas19.5
28North Dakota19.5
30Michigan19.7
31Nevada20.2
32Virginia20.5
33Maine20.6
34South Carolina20.7
35Alabama21
35Montana21
37Tennessee21.3
38Pennsylvania21.5
39South Dakota21.7
40Mississippi21.8
40Wyoming21.8
42Louisiana22.3
43Alaska23
44Missouri23.6
45Indiana23.8
46Ohio24.2
47Oklahoma24.3
48Arkansas25.2
49West Virginia25.9
50Kentucky26.6

Source: Centers for Disease Control, 2011

See the State of Women methodology and sources.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.


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