CDC: RI out ahead on smoking rates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Federal officials are crediting Rhode Island with making considerable progress on its smoking rate. But they say the state could be doing more.

The Centers for Disease Control says a high cigarette tax and ban on indoor smoking has helped Rhode Island but the state could invest more in prevention. The CDC's Terry Pechacek says officials in states that maintain funding have seen declines in tobacco related diseases.

A new CDC study finds Rhode Island's smoking rate is the fifth lowest in the country at just over 15 percent. That's down from 22 percent in the late 1990s.

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