St. Louis, KC rank at bottom of smoking cities list

February 5, 2014

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mensheath-logo-tm-284x64New York, NY (January 29, 2014) – St. Louis smoked the competition when it comes to the places where people are lighting up, according to the March issue of Men’s Health’s MetroGrades column. Every month, Men’s Health ranks the nation’s largest cities in different categories, this time focusing on which places are smack in the middle of Marlboro Country.

To determine the rankings, Men’s Health looked at percentage who smoke daily, some days, and used to smoke; percentage with COPD (CDC); lung cancer incidence and death rates (National Cancer Institute); local and state cigarette taxes (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids); state and local laws prohibiting smoking and e-cigarette use (American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, American Lung Association); household average spent on tobacco and relation products. For more information visit

The Top 10 and the Bottom 10 cities for smoking are as follows:

TOP 10

1. Salt Lake City, UT

2. Newark, NJ

3. Honolulu, HI

4. San Francisco, CA

5. San Jose, CA

6. Seattle, WA

7. Los Angeles, CA

8. Oakland, CA

9. Jersey, NJ

10. New York, NY


91. Philadelphia, PA

92. Tulsa, OK

93. Lexington, KY

94. Louisville, KY

95. Oklahoma City, OK

96. Winston-Salem, NC

97. Charleston, WV

98. Kansas City, MO

99. Jacksonville, FL

100. St. Louis, MO

  • harleyrider1989

    Alright my state made the top cities KENTUCKY!

    Dr. Mark Evers, director of UK’s Markey Cancer Center says:

    We’ve enjoyed being No. 1 in a lot of different things, Kentucky does,” said Evers. “Obviously, UK and U of L (University of Louisville) have great sports rivalries and we all want to be No. 1. But the thing we don’t talk a lot about is the fact that Kentucky is No. 1 in the nation for overall cancer mortality. That’s a shame. That’s something we don’t want to be No. 1 in.”

    The ranking goes for all cancer deaths/mortality:

    Per 100,000 population CDC NUMBERS/ smoking rates from tobacco free kids

    Kentucky at 207 Adults in Kentucky who smoke* 29.0% (971,000)

    Miss. 200 Adults in Mississippi who smoke* 26.0% (579,300)

    West Virginia 196 Adults in West Virginia who smoke* 28.6% (420,500)

    Louisianna 196 Adults in Louisiana who smoke* 25.7% (888,300)

    Arkansas 193 Adults in Arkansas who smoke* 27.0% (601,400)

    Alabama 190 Adults in Alabama who smoke* 24.3% (893,100)

    Indiana 187 Adults in Indiana who smoke* 25.6% (1,259,300)

    Maine 186 Adults in Maine who smoke* 22.8% (241,400)

    Missouri 184 Adults in Missouri who smoke* 25.0% (1,149,600)

    Delaware 184 Adults in Delaware who smoke* 21.8% (153,100)

    South Carolina 182 Adults in South Carolina who smoke* 23.1% (831,200)

    As we can see kentucky has the Highest rate but when we look at the map of kentucky cancer it shows us that its the Coal Mining Mountain region that sets Kentuckys state level Higher than all the rest. When we look at the local county levels they are pretty much in line with the rest of the country. Louisville reports roughly 750 cancer cases in 2010 by the chart yet no mention of out of state cases diagnosed there by the local 5 hospitals and cancer treatment done there by far attracting a higher base rate. Possibly inflating the kentucky numbers for louisville itself.

    But even without removing the coal mining regions the rate trends precisely with other states……….

    The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is trying to make a case of smoking causing the highest rates of cancer deaths in the nation here. Yet we see a trend with the other high states with even lower smoking rates. It is indeed a matter of pumping propaganda to get the legislature to go for a statewide ban. While they tell the truth its a mixed message without telling the full story which shows problem that isnt any different than other states listed.


    Lung and Bronchus. Invasive Cancer Incidence Rates and 95% Confidence Intervals by Age and Race and Ethnicity, United States (Table *†‡

    Rates are per 100,000 persons. Rates are per 100,000 persons.

    Note the age where LC is found…………..OLD AGE group incidence hits the 500/100,000 at age 75-85

    AGE it seems is the deciding factor……….

  • harleyrider1989

    This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

    By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

    Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

    What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

    “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study………………………

    Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

    The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

    Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.


    A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

    Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

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