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Don’t smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette

Gazette staff September 4th, 2013

Cough, cough. Yay, cough. Oklahomans should be proud (note sarcasm) that the state now ranks only 39th nationally in terms of adult smoking. That’s an improvement from the No. 47 ranking Oklahoma held in 2011.

Credit: Brad Gregg

 Even so, 17 percent of our residents admit they still smoke every day. It’s amazing so many people puff on the killers, considering they claim more victims than any other single cause, including suicide and alcohol or narcotics use, studies show. The good news? (Cough. Ahem.)

There were 75,000 fewer smokers in Oklahoma in 2012 than in 2011. Maybe some of them quit, and maybe some of them left the state; the research wasn’t clear. Another statistic shows the percent of “never smokers” increased from 49.2 percent to 52.4 percent over that time period.

State health commissioner Terry Cline said there is still much work to be done to reduce the devastating effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. Ya think? Cough.

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