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Washington Ranks 4th from Bottom of Smoking Rates

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- A new study shows Washington among the nation's best in smoking rates.

This report just out shows Washington fourth lowest in the country when it comes to our smoking rate.

The study shows a little more than 17% of Washingtonians smoking.  

Health officials say that number continues to shrink because of increasing tobacco taxes and new rules like the state's indoor smoking ban.

"It's great to see and we're moving in the right direction and, you know, this is still one of the biggest killers we have in the united states," said Benton-Franklin Health Department Dr. Larry Jecha.

Utah had the lowest rate with less than 10% of people smoking, followed by California, Idaho and Connecticut.  

Kentucky was highest with 28.6% of people there smoking, followed by West Virginia and Oklahoma and Mississippi.