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By Kent Larsen

Utah NOT Lowest in CDC Smoking Survey

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the results of their annual smoking survey, and Utah is not the last state on the list. Because of its majority LDS population, Utah has always been the place in the US with the lowest percentage of its population that smokes. But this year Puerto Rico came in slightly lower.

Puerto Rico's 13.7% was just slightly lower than Utah's 13.9%, and a statistical dead-heat because the survey's margin of error was a full 3%. However, the CDC cautioned that Puerto Rico's numbers could be skewed because 25% of Puerto Ricans don't have telephones. The survey was a telephone survey, so 25% of the island's population couldn't be contacted for the survey.

Surprisingly, Utah's next-door neighbor, Nevada, took the top spot with the highest percentage of its population that smokes. 31.5% of Nevadans smoke, up from 30.4% last year. The CDC was unable to explain why Nevada's rate increased.

However, it may be a result of state laws. In Nevada, state law prohibits cities and counties from imposing smoking restrictions beyond those in state law. The state is known for its 24-hour-a-day smoking-friendly casinos and bars.


Nevada tops list of smoking states
USA Today (AP) 3Nov00 N6
By Russ Bynum: Associated Press


Nev. smoking rates reported highest
Boston Globe (Reuters) 3Nov00 N6


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