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Disability status and sexual orientation were both related to smoking among King County adults.

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.

  • Adults with a disability were more likely to be current smokers than those who were not disabled.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender adults were more likely to report smoking than heterosexual adults.