Ohio Trails Only Kentucky In Smoking Rate

The report says 26 percent of Ohioans reported smoking cigarettes this year.(Photo: Flickr)
The report says 26 percent of Ohioans reported smoking cigarettes this year.(Photo: Flickr)

A new study says Ohio ranks only behind Kentucky among states with the highest smoking rate.

The report from the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index says 26 percent of Ohioans have smoked cigarettes this year – that ties the state with Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Only Kentucky ranked higher with 29 percent of residents smoking this year.

Officials with the Ohio Health Department say their own survey found about 22 percent of Ohioans smoked last year. They say smoking is still a huge health concern and the percent of smokers in the state is not decreasing.

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