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Although smoking among King County adults fell for 20 years, this trend has stalled since 2006. 

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., accounting for almost 1 in 5 deaths each year. Deaths from tobacco use exceed the total of deaths from HIV, alcohol use, illegal drug use, motor vehicle injury, suicide, and murder.

Despite year-to-year fluctuations, smoking has declined among King County adults ages 18 and older since 1987 and among adults in all regions since 1994, when data by region became available.  However, this trend has stalled over the past 5 years.  In 2011, 10% of King County adults were current smokers.