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Old 02-26-2017, 02:17 PM
 
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Not a current smoker here, but are there any states in the US that have a higher tolerance of smoking and smokers than the average?
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Old 02-26-2017, 02:28 PM
 
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The Southern states in general are more tolerant than the rest of the country in regards to (cigarette) smoking.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:02 PM
 
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The Southern states in general are more tolerant than the rest of the country in regards to (cigarette) smoking.
Yep. Especially VA, KY, and NC where tobacco production is pretty important.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:44 PM
 
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Yep. Especially VA, KY, and NC where tobacco production is pretty important.
Agreed about the so-called "tobacco belt". I would add Nevada.

EDIT: Kentucky and West Virginia are tops, Utah and California at the bottom. Nevada is sort of in the middle.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/167771/sm...-kentucky.aspx

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Old 02-26-2017, 05:07 PM
 
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VA and NC are perennial contenders for the title.

Seems like everyone smokes in FL, too.
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:13 PM
 
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Agreed about the so-called "tobacco belt". I would add Nevada.

EDIT: Kentucky and West Virginia are tops, Utah and California at the bottom. Nevada is sort of in the middle.

In U.S., Smoking Rate Lowest in Utah, Highest in Kentucky | Gallup
Nevada only tolerates it so it won't affect their big industry, casinos.
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:59 PM
 
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Yep. So true. But it expands outside the casinos for obvious reasons...employees in general. However, many do not realize that Nevada has a high LDS population, so that could even it out.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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Yep. So true. But it expands outside the casinos for obvious reasons...employees in general. However, many do not realize that Nevada has a high LDS population, so that could even it out.
Nevada, despite having a fairly large Mormon population, used to have as high a smoking rate as Southern states. It sometimes even beat Kentucky and West Virginia for #1. The reason smoking fell significantly in NV in recent years was the big influx of low smoking Californians and Hispanics.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:21 AM
 
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VA and NC are perennial contenders for the title.

Seems like everyone smokes in FL, too.
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Yep. Especially VA, KY, and NC where tobacco production is pretty important.
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The Southern states in general are more tolerant than the rest of the country in regards to (cigarette) smoking.
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Agreed about the so-called "tobacco belt". I would add Nevada.

EDIT: Kentucky and West Virginia are tops, Utah and California at the bottom. Nevada is sort of in the middle.

In U.S., Smoking Rate Lowest in Utah, Highest in Kentucky | Gallup

"North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law was passed by the N.C. General Assembly and signed by the Governor in May, 2009, and became effective January 2, 2010. The law prohibits smoking in enclosed restaurants, bars and most lodging facilities (except for some designated guest smoking rooms). Smoking is also banned in enclosed areas of hotels, motels, and inns, if food and drink are prepared there."

"In Virginia, smoking is banned in schools, state offices, and certain healthcare facilities and common areas, but not anywhere else; in restaurants (including bars), smoking is relegated to separately ventilated designated smoking rooms, unless the restaurant is operated by a retail tobacco store, in which case smoking can be allowed on 100% of the premises."

"As of January 2014, 10 states have not enacted any general statewide ban on smoking in any non-government-owned spaces: Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming."

The premise that NC and VA are smoke-happy based on the industry origins there is a bit of a stereotype, especially since NC has been in essence smoke free since 2010. VA while not as strict at face value is in my opinion with the requirement for a separately filtered smoking rooms in restaurants/bars. Not many could afford that...
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:59 AM
 
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The premise that NC and VA are smoke-happy based on the industry origins there is a bit of a stereotype, especially since NC has been in essence smoke free since 2010. VA while not as strict at face value is in my opinion with the requirement for a separately filtered smoking rooms in restaurants/bars. Not many could afford that...
Pardon my french, but bull ****.

Doesn't matter if they banned it in bars, etc. People still smoke, and they certainly smoke a ton in 2 of the tobacco states. Even in my home town in super liberal northern Virginia, people smoke like chimneys, and it only gets more and more prevalent the further down 95 you go until you get to Richmond.

That they try to push smokers into the shadows away from the rest of society doesn't deter them from lighting up. Smokes are also a lot cheaper there than many other states.
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