|Tobacco Nation: Ohio's High Usage Rates
Twelve states belong to what researchers call Tobacco Nation, because tobacco use is higher in these states than in other parts of the country. Spoiler alert: Ohio is one of these twelve states.
In fact, 22% of the residents in Tobacco Nation reported smoking tobacco in 2015, but in other states it was only 15%. Additionally, people in Tobacco Nation averaged 67 packs of cigarettes per year as opposed to 41 elsewhere. Finally, rural populations used more smokeless tobacco than urban ones, making our youth more susceptible to tobacco use and abuse.