It’s no secret that Alabama has its fair share of smokers.
While the health risks related to smoking are common knowledge these days, the sight of someone lighting up a cigarette, whether in a private place or a public area, is not rare in the Heart of Dixie.
Perhaps we should be paying more attention to those warnings though?
A new study suggests that Alabama is one of 10 states where people are most likely to smoke themselves to death.
The study, created by Health.com, used government data regarding smoking and quitting rates along with bans, cigarette taxes, numbers of deaths attributed to the habit and more to determine the top 10 states that are most likely to smoke themselves into oblivion.
Alabama made the list thanks to the number of underage smokers lighting up across the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2011 that 23 percent of kids in high school smoked, giving Alabama one of the highest youth smoking rates in the United States.
While several universities have tried to curb this trend by implementing tobacco use restrictions on campus, the survey suggests smoking rates will remain high due to our low cigarette taxes and open policies in a majority of workplaces, bars and restaurants.
Other states on the list were Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.