Where in America Do Women Smoke the Most?

More than a quarter of women in Kentucky are lighting up, making it the state with the highest percentage of women who smoke.

Women in Kentucky are lighting up more than anywhere else in the country. So it should come as no surprise that Kentucky women also have the highest rate of lung cancer. Nearly 27 percent of women in the bluegrass state are smokers. On the other end of the spectrum is Utah, where less than 10 percent of women smoke -- the lowest rate in the country, so it makes sense that Utah also has the lowest rate of lung cancer.

Here’s how the states rank when it comes to women who smoke: the #1 state on this list has the lowest percentage of women smokers while #50 has the highest. The numbers below are percentages.

Rank State %
1 Utah 9.6
2 California 10.1
3 Hawaii 13.9
4 New Jersey 14.6
5 Idaho 15
5 Texas 15
7 Colorado 15.2
8 Connecticut 15.4
9 Washington 16.2
10 Vermont 16.5
11 New York 16.8
12 Florida 16.9
12 Massachusetts 16.9
14 Minnesota 17
15 Maryland 17.2
16 Arizona 17.5
17 Illinois 17.8
18 Nebraska 17.9
19 Georgia 18.2
19 New Mexico 18.2
21 Delaware 18.3
22 Oregon 18.4
23 New Hampshire 18.5
24 Iowa 18.6
25 Rhode Island 18.8
26 Wisconsin 19.1
27 North Carolina 19.2
28 Kansas 19.5
28 North Dakota 19.5
30 Michigan 19.7
31 Nevada 20.2
32 Virginia 20.5
33 Maine 20.6
34 South Carolina 20.7
35 Alabama 21
35 Montana 21
37 Tennessee 21.3
38 Pennsylvania 21.5
39 South Dakota 21.7
40 Mississippi 21.8
40 Wyoming 21.8
42 Louisiana 22.3
43 Alaska 23
44 Missouri 23.6
45 Indiana 23.8
46 Ohio 24.2
47 Oklahoma 24.3
48 Arkansas 25.2
49 West Virginia 25.9
50 Kentucky 26.6

Source: Centers for Disease Control, 2011

See the State of Women methodology and sources.

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