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Wisconsin Adult Smoking Rate Hits New Low; Youth Tobacco Access Rate Also Drops
According to the 2013 Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Wisconsin’s adult smoking rate has reached an all-time low of 18%—on par with the national average of 17.8%.
In other good news, the percentage of Wisconsin retailers selling tobacco products to minors has also dropped from 7.3% in 2013 to 6.4% in 2014.
Despite these encouraging reports, tobacco remains a problem in Wisconsin. For instance, while the 2013 BRFSS shows that 18% of Wisconsin’s general population currently smokes, that number jumps up to 33% for Wisconsin residents who are low income or have less than a high school degree.
BRFSS fact sheet
News story detailing rates