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King County's Smoking Rate Is Low

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King County smoking rate has reached a new low, dropping to 12.4% of adults in 2006 compared to 13.3% in 2005 and 18.2% in 2000. Since 2000, there are approximately 78,000 fewer adult smokers in King County.

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Despite improvements, people who make less than $25,000 a year in King County are more than twice as likely to smoke as those who make over $50,000, according to the most recent results of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey.

"While great progress has been made we have not been equally successful for all people. As a result, tobacco use is affecting the poor more than others, and we need effective approaches for those at risk,