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Washington's Smoking Rate is Declining Fast than the National Average

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YAKIMA, Wa -  Washington State is "kicking butt" in the fight against tobacco use. 

A new study from the State Department of Revenue says "Washingtonians" are smoking fewer cigarettes than they did ten years ago, and their smoking rate is declining faster than the national average.

The study measured per capita cigarette consumption from 1997 to 2006.  In Washington, the rate went down almost 29.2%.  Nationwide, it declined 25.2%.

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