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Adult Smoking Rate Statistics are Down in Washington

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YAKIMA, Wa -  More Washingtonians are quitting smoking and the latest numbers are even better in Yakima County. 

Governor Chris Gregoire announcing that the adult smoking rate in Washington is now less than 18%.  There are about 205,000 'less' smokers now than several years ago. 

The smoking rate in Yakima County is even lower, less than 16 percent. 

Washington has the fifth lowest smoking rate in the country, but the American Lung Association says it's important to keep up the good work.  

"That's one of the things that's really important. in other states, when they've seen rates drop, they stop funding and they go back up," says Celisa Hopkins of the American Lung Association, "The tobacco industry spends millions, so we have to counter that message."

The Governor's Office says that about 45 teens start smoking each day and 8,000 people die a year from smoking here in Washington.