The New York Times released a story yesterday looking at how smoking rates across the country have barely declined in the last 14 years among adults living in poverty, despite significant declines in more affluent counties.
In their analysis of federal smoking data released Monday, you can see that holds true for Maine as well.
In Maine, Aroostook, Washington, Somerset and Oxford Counties have higher smoking rates than the national average (25-27 percent) and, for the most part, lower median incomes then the state average by almost $10K. Their smoking rates have barely dropped in the last 14 years.
Meanwhile, Maine’s southern counties — Sagadahoc, Cumberland and York — have lower smoking rates than the national average (17-20 percent), have all dropped about 5 percentage points in the past 14 years, and hold median incomes $7-9K higher than the state median.
To see the data nationwide and to compare smoking rates for men and women, visit the interactive map at the New York Times article.