When it comes to preventable deaths and disease, smoking is still a top killer in the U.S., says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Approximately 443,000 people die from cigarette smoking each year, and 8.6 million suffer from a serious illness related to smoking, according to the Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012.
Utah claimed the lowest adult smoking rate of 11.8%, according to the report released last week, while Kentucky topped the charts with 29%. California hovered above Utah at 13.7%. The U.S. median was 21.2%.
Tobacco use was responsible for $193 billion in health-related economic losses from 2000 to 2004, the report said: $96 billion in medical expenses and $97 billion in lost productivity -- not to mention 5.1 million years of potential life annually.