Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
CDC Report: Nearly A Quarter Of Ohioans Smoked In 2012
Despite a half century of government warnings, nearly one in four Ohioans still smoke.
The National Health Interview Surveys, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, say 23.3 percent of Ohio residents still smoked in 2012, a rate that was just 5.4 percent lower than it was in 1984, the first year Ohio tracked smoking numbers. During the same time, the nationwide rate dropped more than 12 percent.
Anti-smoking advocates in Ohio say the state’s ranking remains among the lowest in the nation because adequate funds aren’t invested in programs to help people quit smoking and prevent children from starting.
The Centers for Disease Control says smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, with about 443,000 Americans dying every year.