Posted by: audreybenenati | February 19, 2010

Cigarette addiction isn’t just about biochemistry. Social norms, income and regulations matter as much if not more

States With the Most Smokers

Rebecca Ruiz, 02.18.10, 08:00 PM EST

Drug companies that sell anti-smoking drugs would have you believe that tobacco use is a simple matter of biochemistry. But smoking rates have a lot to do with social and cultural attitudes, socioeconomic status and state laws, a quick glance at state statistics reveals.

Nationally, 20.6% of adults are smokers–including 23% of men and 18% of women. Cigarette smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke cause 443,000 deaths annually, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the likelihood of lighting up can skyrocket or plunge depending on where you live.

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