Smoking Rates in Grays Harbor Improve Slightly

“These reductions would indicate that about 1800 fewer adults living in Grays Harbor County are smoking this year when compared with 2003. This is great news, since our adult population has increased by almost 3000 during those same years.”

Despite this encouraging sign, Brewster says that tobacco continues to be a high priority for public health in Grays Harbor. “Our rates of smoking among pregnant women have been and continue to be far too high – we currently are 8th highest in the state. And our rates of smokeless tobacco use have not improved measurably – they are the 3rd highest in the state. Today’s news is positive, but we understand that we still have a lot of work to do.”