New York and most of its neighbors have some of the lowest rates of tobacco use among the fifty states and the District of Columbia, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Oct. 7. According to 2014 survey data, 15 percent of New Yorkers reported that they used cigarettes and/or smokeless tobacco products. The average rate for all states and Washington, D.C., was 20.3 percent. The highest rates were reported for West Virginia (32.2 percent) and Kentucky (29.6 percent), while those for Utah (11.3 percent) and California (12.8 percent) were the nation’s lowest. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, resulting in approximately 480,000 premature deaths and more than $300 billion in direct health care expenditures and productivity losses each year, according to the report.
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