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Adult smoking rates were highest in South Region and lowest in East Region.

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.

Averaging survey data from 2009, 2010, and 2011, 11% of King County adults were current smokers.

  • East Region (8%) had a lower rate than King County overall.
  • South Region rate (15%) exceeded the county rate. 
  • North Region (9%) and Seattle (9%) rates were similar to the King County average.
  • The 2010 smoking rate in Washington State was 15% and the national rate was 17%.