Michigan smoking rates higher than national average
Michigan is again on the list of states with the highest smoking rate in the country, according to the latest Gallup poll.
The national average of people who smoke is 19.7 percent. According to the poll, 23.2 percent of people in Michigan smoke. To put that number in context, the state with the lowest smoking rate was Utah with 12.2 percent, while the state with the highest smoking rate was Kentucky with 30.2 percent followed closely behind by West Virginia with 29.9 percent.
Nationally, the smoking rates have declined from 21.1 percent in 2008 to 19.7 percent this year, but the top ten states with the highest smoking rate have remained largely unchanged.
The poll found that, generally, states in the South and Midwest had the highest smoking rates, while states in the Northeast and West had the lowest rates.
The poll also found that most smokers say they want to quit and the majority have tried to quit.
Top 10 states with the lowest smoking rate:
1. Utah - 12.2 percent
2. California - 15.0 percent
3. Minnesota - 15.8 percent
4. Massachusetts - 16.3 percent
5. New Jersey - 16.9 percent
6. Maryland - 17.0 percent
7. Washington - 17.0 percent
8. Rhode Island - 17.1 percent
9. Colorado - 17.4 percent
10. Arizona - 17.5 percent
Top 10 states with the highest smoking rates:
1. Kentucky - 30.2 percent
2. West Virginia - 29.9 percent
3. Mississippi - 27.0 percent
4. Oklahoma - 25.2 percent
5. Ohio - 25.0 percent
6. Missouri - 24.7 percent
7. Indiana - 24.7 percent
8. Louisiana - 24.1 percent
9. Tennessee - 23.6 percent
10. Michigan - 23.2 percent
These results are based on interviews conducted between Jan. 2 - Dec. 29, 2013. More than 178,000 people in 50 states and the District of Columbia were interviewed.