Congratulations Michigan, You’re One of Top 12 States for Smoking
Michigan is used to mediocre headlines when it comes to overall health. Financial health, physical health, mental health, etc. (Hawaii is the healthiest state in the U.S.)
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Now, we have one more "accolade" to proudly(?) display.
United States of Smoking
A new report details the states with the most smokers and Michigan makes the Top 12. What's damning is each of these states doesn't simply have more people smoking -- it's how much more residents of those states smoke than the other 38 states combined.
The report refers to these 12 states as "Tobacco Nation"
- West Virginia
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People in these states have a "50% higher prevalence of smoking" than the rest of the United States.
What's shocking is the number of packs of cigarettes smoked in these states versus the rest of the country, per capita. These states, including Michigan, are more likely to smoke 53 packs of cigarettes per year than the rest of the states in the country averaging 29 packs per year.
That's about 500 more cigarettes per year, per person, than any state outside of "Tobacco Nation."
Michigan's cigarette or tobacco tax is much lower than other states
Michigan smokers pay 10 cents per stick or $2.00 per pack for tobacco taxes. That's relatively low considering Washington D.C. pays $5.02 and New York State & Connecticut pay $4.35/pack.
For all the complaining that happened when Michigan banned smoking inside restaurants in May 2010, it sure doesn't appear to have curbed any smoker's appetite.