Smoking Rates by State

Between 2012-2021, the United States saw a large decline in the average quantity of smokers nationally. The data provided below is based on percentages of adults who reported to have smoked at least one-hundred cigarettes during their lifetimes and still smoke daily. 

In 2012, for example, there was only one state where fewer than 12% of the total population were smokers. This state was Utah, and in 2021, it still ranks as one of the states with the least amount of total smokers, although the percentage has further decreased. 

The majority of the states with a total population of everyday smokers less than 12.4% are along the Northeastern United States and the West Coast. Regionally, almost every state with a percentage of every-day smokers greater than 18.5% is located West of the Appalachian Mountains between Michigan and Florida. 

Learn more about the smoking rates by state by exploring the data in the charts.

Smoking Population by State

Alabama - Smoking Population

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18.5%

#9 in the US

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7.1%

#11 in the US

Alaska - Smoking Population

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18%

#10 in the US

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8.4%

#5 in the US

Arizona - Smoking Population

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13.1%

#30 in the US

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5.3%

#20 in the US

Arkansas - Smoking Population

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20.5%

#3 in the US

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9.7%

#3 in the US

California - Smoking Population

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8.9%

#50 in the US

Colorado - Smoking Population

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12.4%

#40 in the US

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5.3%

#21 in the US

Connecticut - Smoking Population

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11.8%

#43 in the US

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3.7%

#40 in the US

Delaware - Smoking Population

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15.1%

#23 in the US

District of Columbia - Smoking Population

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11.3%

#44 in the US

Florida - Smoking Population

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14.7%

#28 in the US

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4.8%

#31 in the US

Georgia - Smoking Population

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15.8%

#24 in the US

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4%

#32 in the US

Hawaii - Smoking Population

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11.6%

#45 in the US

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5.3%

#22 in the US

Idaho - Smoking Population

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13.6%

#31 in the US

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5.3%

#23 in the US

Illinois - Smoking Population

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12.7%

#41 in the US

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4.7%

#33 in the US

Indiana - Smoking Population

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19.4%

#5 in the US

Iowa - Smoking Population

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15.8%

#25 in the US

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6.7%

#14 in the US

Kansas - Smoking Population

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16.6%

#18 in the US

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5.8%

#24 in the US

Kentucky - Smoking Population

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21.4%

#2 in the US

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8.9%

#6 in the US

Louisiana - Smoking Population

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18.3%

#11 in the US

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8.4%

#7 in the US

Maine - Smoking Population

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16.5%

#19 in the US

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6.8%

#15 in the US

Maryland - Smoking Population

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10.9%

#48 in the US

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5%

#25 in the US

Massachusetts - Smoking Population

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11.1%

#46 in the US

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5%

#26 in the US

Michigan - Smoking Population

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18.4%

#12 in the US

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4.5%

#34 in the US

Minnesota - Smoking Population

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13.8%

#32 in the US

Mississippi - Smoking Population

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20.1%

#4 in the US

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6.6%

#16 in the US

Missouri - Smoking Population

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17.8%

#15 in the US

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6.5%

#17 in the US

Montana - Smoking Population

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16.4%

#20 in the US

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7.7%

#12 in the US

Nebraska - Smoking Population

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13.9%

#33 in the US

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4.2%

#35 in the US

Nevada - Smoking Population

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14.2%

#29 in the US

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3.6%

#41 in the US

New Hampshire - Smoking Population

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13.9%

#34 in the US

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5.5%

#27 in the US

New Jersey - Smoking Population

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10.8%

#49 in the US

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3.8%

#42 in the US

New Mexico - Smoking Population

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16.1%

#21 in the US

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8.9%

#8 in the US

New York - Smoking Population

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12%

#42 in the US

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4.2%

#36 in the US

North Carolina - Smoking Population

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16.5%

#22 in the US

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8.3%

#9 in the US

North Dakota - Smoking Population

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17.4%

#16 in the US

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8.3%

#10 in the US

Ohio - Smoking Population

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19.3%

#6 in the US

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4.9%

#37 in the US

Oklahoma - Smoking Population

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19.1%

#7 in the US

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9.1%

#4 in the US

Oregon - Smoking Population

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13.3%

#35 in the US

Pennsylvania - Smoking Population

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15.8%

#26 in the US

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6.6%

#18 in the US

Rhode Island - Smoking Population

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13.5%

#36 in the US

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4.2%

#38 in the US

South Carolina - Smoking Population

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18.1%

#13 in the US

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5.9%

#28 in the US

South Dakota - Smoking Population

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17.8%

#17 in the US

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12%

#2 in the US

Tennessee - Smoking Population

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19.5%

#8 in the US

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7.1%

#13 in the US

Texas - Smoking Population

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13.2%

#37 in the US

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4.9%

#39 in the US

Utah - Smoking Population

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8.2%

#51 in the US

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2.2%

#43 in the US

Vermont - Smoking Population

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13.3%

#38 in the US

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6.9%

#19 in the US

Virginia - Smoking Population

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13.6%

#39 in the US

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5.5%

#29 in the US

Washington - Smoking Population

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11.5%

#47 in the US

West Virginia - Smoking Population

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22.6%

#1 in the US

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13.5%

#1 in the US

Wisconsin - Smoking Population

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15.5%

#27 in the US

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5.7%

#30 in the US

Wyoming - Smoking Population

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18.5%

#14 in the US