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1. State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults, and Policies and Attitudes About Secondhand Smoke—United States, 2000
2. Cigarette Smoking in 99 Metropolitan Areas—United States, 2000

December 14, 2001 / Vol. 50 / No. 49


MMWR Highlights

1. State-specific smoking prevalence data
  • The prevalence of smoking among adults ranged from 12.9% to 30.5%.
  • The 12 states with the highest prevalence of current smoking (Kentucky, Nevada, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska) differed significantly from the 12 states with the lower prevalence (Utah, Puerto Rico, California, Arizona, Montana, Hawaii, Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, and Washington).
  • The median smoking prevalence among men was 24.5% with a range of 14.5% to 33.4%. The median smoking prevalence among women was 21.2% with a range of 9.9% to 29.5%.
  • Utah had the lowest rate of 12.9%, followed by Puerto Rico with a rate of 13.1% both of which meet the Healthy People 2000 objective of 15% for current adult smoking.
  • Utah had the lowest prevalence for men (14.5%), and Puerto Rico had the lowest prevalence for women (9.9%).
  • Of the 20 states who included questions on smoke-free policies, the proportion of adults reporting no smoking in their home in the past 30 days ranged from 60.8% in West Virginia to 79.0% in Colorado.
  • Of the adults who work mainly indoors, the proportion reporting an official workplace policy that no smoking at all was allowed in indoor public or common areas or work areas ranged from 61.4% in Mississippi to 83.9% in Montana.
  • Of the 20 states with smoke-free policy questions the proportion of people who think that smoking should not be allowed at all in restaurants ranged from 44.3% in North Carolina to 63.6% in Montana.
  • The proportion of people who thought smoking should not be allowed at all in schools ranged from 88% to 97%, and in daycare centers ranged from 92.6% to 98.5%.
2. Findings from the study of metropolitan areas
  • The median adult prevalence of current smoking was 22.7% in 2000 (range 13.0% to 31.2%).
  • The metropolitan areas with the highest prevalence of current smoking (Toledo, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cleveland–Lorain–Elyria, Ohio; and Huntington–Ashland, West Virginia) differed significantly from the 5 cities with the lowest prevalence (Orange County, California; Salt Lake City–Ogden, Utah; San Diego, California; Miami, Florida; Bergen–Passaic, New Jersey.)
  • The median prevalence was highest in the Midwest at 23.7%, followed by the South (23.2%), the Northeast (20.8%), and the West (20.6 %).
  • Three of the 99 metropolitan areas surveyed met the Healthy People 2000 objective of 15% for current smoking. Orange County, California, had the lowest prevalence rate at 13.0%, followed by Salt Lake City–Ogden, Utah, at 14.7%, and San Diego, California, at 15.2%.
  • Among daily smokers who had quit for at least one day in the past 12 months, the lowest proportion, 33%, was in Charleston, West Virginia. The highest proportion was in Fort Worth–Arlington, Texas, where 62.2% had quit for at least one day.
 
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