recently heard that Missouri ranks #3 in the number of
smokers. This doesn't seem right. Can you tell me the
truth about smoking in Missouri?
According the best estimates, Missouri ranks number 3 in the percentage
of adults who say they smoke. These data come from the
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System conducted by
the Centers for Disease Control. According to their
survey in 2000, Kentucky (31% of adults smoke) and
Nevada (29% of adults smoke) are ranked 1st and 2nd
followed by Missouri at 27%.
Here is a chart that shows the trend in regards to the percentage of
adults who smoke in Missouri:
You will note that Missouri is well above the average
compared to the United States as a whole. The trend line
also indicates there has been little decline in the
number of smokers during the past decade.
Robert Hughes, Jr., Ph.D., Human Development & Family
Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences,
University of Missouri-Columbia
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