The folks at Slate have a nifty interactive map that lets you look at smoking rates in the United States. You can look at it state-by-state by age or county-by-county. You can also look at who smokes daily versus who smokes “sometimes.” On the whole, regular smokers appear to be a dying breed. But, take a look at the state level map for the 18-35 year old age group who smoke on occasion. You’ll have to click a few buttons to get there, but the difference is impressive. Apparently a lot of young adults are smoking–just not on a daily basis. That can still be habit forming. And, given that the older population seems to be smoking less, I’d consider buying stock in Nicorette if I were you, because some serious quitting seems to be going on in people’s late 20s and early 30s.
Young Adults Smoke A LOT