Cities With Highest, Lowest Smoking Rates

The highest and lowest smoking rates among the 99 metropolitan statistical areas studied by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's first city-by-city smoking survey.

The five cities with the highest smoking rates, by percentage of daily smokers in the adult population, are as follows:

  1. Toledo, Ohio: 31.2 percent
  2. Knoxville, Tenn.: 30.5
  3. Indianapolis: 30.3
  4. Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, Ohio: 29.8
  5. Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.: 29.8

The six cities with the lowest smoking rates are:

  • Orange County, Calif.: 13
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah: 14.7
  • San Diego: 15.2
  • Miami: 16.6
  • Bergen-Passaic, N.J.: 17.2
  • Las Cruces, N.M.: 17.2

The U.S. median is 22.7 percent.

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