Tobacco use data was released by the Washington State Department of Health today for every county in the state, and local health officials are paying attention.
"Last year our results showed an increase in adult cigarette smoking, and that concerned us," says Joan Brewster, the director of the Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services Department. "We've been watching to see what this year's results would look like, and I'm pleased to see that those numbers appear to be down."
The 2009 tobacco use survey indicated that 19.7% of adults reported that they currently smoke cigarettes. This is the 5th highest rate in the state of Washington, but an improvement over previous rates, which, going back to 2003, have ranged from 24% to 29%.