Report: 16 percent of adults smoking

california The number of adults in California who smoke has steadily declined in the last 20 years, according to new data released by the California Department of Public Health this week.

In Del Norte County, 16 percent of adults smoke. That’s higher than the state average of 13.3 percent in 2008, the latest data available from the California Adult Tobacco Survey.

Data on how the number of smokers in Del Norte has changed over the years was not available.

The report by the California Tobacco Control Program is the first to break down California’s smoking rate by counties.

In Humboldt County, 17.7 percent of adults smoked in 2008 and in Siskiyou County, 16 percent were smokers, the report showed.

The counties with the highest percentages of smokers were: Tehama, 22.8 percent; Tuolumne, 21.9 percent; Butte, 21 percent; and Calaveras, 18.1.

The counties with the lowest percentages of smokers were: Marin, 7.3 percent; Yolo, 7.7 percent; Santa Clara, 8 percent; and Madera, 9.5 percent.

The number of smokers in California has declined from 22.7 percent in 1988, when Proposition 99 was passed, placing a 25-cent tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

In 2008, there were 3.6 million adult smokers in California.

Smoking is most prevalent in the 18-24 age group. However, smoking has declined in all age groups since 1988.

Males are also more likely to smoke than females — 16.5 percent versus 10.6 percent, respectively.


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