About 18.2% of the U.S. adult population smokes, down from over 40% half a century ago.
Despite the dramatic decline, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Each year, tobacco consumption kills nearly half a million Americans, and another 16 million are currently living with a disease caused by smoking.
Though no major U.S. metro area tops the nationwide smoking rate of 50 years ago, there are several cities where more than one in five adult residents report a smoking habit. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Gallup poll data to identify the U.S. metro areas with the highest smoking rates. In a handful of cities, the smoking rate tops 25%.