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Smokers, you have a new home

Saturday, June 2017 06:24:15

Cigarette Smokers - You're home in these cities

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health linked for the first time smoking and adverse health outcomes. The pivotal report aimed to shift public opinion on smoking by identifying the dangers of tobacco use. The smoking rate in the United States has fallen precipitously in the last 50 years, dropping from 42.4% in 1965 to 18.0% in 2012.

More than a quarter of residents still smoke in some US cities. The US metropolitan areas (none of them major ones) with the highest smoking rates (as of December 2016) are listed below.

(per24/7 Wall St.)

Here are the top ten U.S. cities

Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla.: 28.3%

Lafayette, La.: 28.3%

Erie, Pa.: 28.2%

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.: 28%

Fayetteville, NC: 27.8%

Spartanburg, SC: 27.6%

Canton-Massillon, Ohio: 27.5%

Huntington-Ashland, W. Va.-Ky.-Ohio: 27.2%

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC: 25.4%

Winston-Salem, NC: 25%

Ultimately, smoking and its related illnesses lead to shorter life spans. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the country, killing 480,000 Americans prematurely each year. On average, smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers.

Sourced from"10 US Cities With the Most Smokers - .". N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jun. 2017 .

Most marijuana smokers

1. Denver, CO

Denver has one marijuana store for every 3,780 residents, and there's at least a hundred more opening shortly. 2.1% of residents have a medical marijuana card. (Hmm.)

2. Colorado Springs, CO

13th in dispensaries and 31st in head shops, Colorado Springs has one marijuana store for every 14,213 residents.

3. Seattle, WA

Seattle hosts Hempfest, the world's largest gathering of people advocating the decriminalization of marijuana. It lasts three days.

4. San Bernardino, CA

San Bernardino is apparently a great place to set up a head shop, ranking #1 in the country with one for every 8,876 residents. It also ranks first for festivals, sponsoring Hempcon and other smaller events. 1.47% of residents hold a medical marijuana card, and based on anecdotal evidence it boasts SoCal's highest skateboarders.

5. Aurora, CO

Aurora is first for medical marijuana card holders, at slightly more than 2.1%. 

6. Santa Ana, CA

Seventh for medical-marijuana dispensaries and second in head shops

7. Irvine, CA

One dispensary for every 43,106 residents, or five total.

8. San Francisco, CA

Ranked 11th for dispensaries and 20th for head shops.

9. Sacramento, CA

One marijuana dispensary for every 8,141 residents,

10. Los Angeles, CA

Sheer population puts it at no. 10

~ All Access Sporting News

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