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Survey: Nearly One in Four Ohioans Still Smoke

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/AP) -- The number of Ohioans who smoke has fallen at a much slower rate than that of the country as a whole, according to newly-released survey results.

Researchers with National Health Interview Surveys found that 23.3 percent of Ohioans smoked in 2012 -- a drop of 5.4 percent from 1984, when the number was first calculated.

The reduction in the number of Ohio smokers over that period is far smaller than the decrease in the national rate, which is more than 12 percent lower than it was 20 years ago.

Smoking kills approximately 443,000 Americans each year, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The National Health Interview Surveys findings were reported by Gannett newspapers.

AP contributed to this report.
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