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State’s smoking rate falls to record low
California Watch

About 13 percent of Californians smoked in 2009, marking the lowest rate ever and a 42 percent decline since 1988, state public health officials announced yesterday. The new figures from the California Tobacco Control Program show that smokers are lighting up fewer cigarettes each day, and more are trying to kick the habit. But smoking prevalence varies widely across the state, with higher rates in rural areas and among people with less education and lower income.