NEW YORK (NEWS RELEASE) — How effective are cigarette taxes on lowering the rate of adults who smoke? The five states charging the highest cigarette taxes — New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Hawaii — are also among the states with the lowest adult smoking rates reports 24/7 Wall St. in an article out today.
New York, for example, which imposes a nation-leading tax on cigarettes of $4.35 per pack, has the ninth lowest adult smoking rate at 14.2%.
West Virginia, by contrast, which levies the sixth lowest excise tax on tobacco at 55 cents per pack, leads the nation with nearly 25% of adults reporting a smoking habit.
There are many variables why residents of some states are much more likely to smoke than residents of other states. To highlight and help understand this variation, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the adult smoking rate in each state from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
24/7 Wall St.’s “10 States with the Highest Smoking Rates”
Utah, the state with the lowest smoking rate, also has the lowest incidence of lung cancer in the country. By contrast, the states with the three highest cancer diagnosis rates — Kentucky, West Virginia, and Arkansas — also have the top three adult smoking rates.
The association between smoking and household income is well documented through years of research. This pattern can also be observed at the state level. Median household incomes exceed the national median in 15 of the 25 states with the lowest smoking rates. Among the 25 states with higher smoking rates, median incomes exceed the national median in only five.
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