Despite a half century of government warnings, nearly one in four Ohioans still smoke. From Ohio public radio station WOSU, Steve Brown has more on a new nationwide report on smoking.
The annual National Health Interview Surveys detail a number of health-related behaviors in every state. The latest report for 2012 says just over 23 percent of Ohioans reported smoking that year. That’s just five percent lower than the percentage of Ohioans who reported smoking 30 years ago. The nationwide average has fallen 12 percent in the same time period.
Anti-smoking advocates say the report shows the state needs to better fund program for smoking cessation and educating kids before they smoke. The surveys overseen by the Centers for Disease Control say smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.