Survey: N.D. ranks in top 20 states with most smokers

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In a list identifying states with the most smokers, North Dakota comes in at #16.

That’s according to a data study by financial website  24/7 Wall St.

Using statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control, the researchers analyzed data on the percentage of adults who smoke daily in a state, lung cancer deaths, cigarette excise taxes and adults reporting poor health.

Based on that information, North Dakota came out in the top 20.

According to the statistics, 13 percent of adult North Dakotans smoke every day.

But while the number of smokers may be high, the number of lung cancer deaths per 100,000 people stands at 34 — the 8th lowest in the nation.

The excise tax on cigarettes in the state are also among the lowest in the nation.

The state with the most smokers? West Virginia, where 20 percent of the adult population lights up every day.

You can read the full study here.

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