October 3, 2007
A new study says that Americans with disabilities smoke more than everyone else. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's study is the first to compare smoking rates between the two groups.
The report says that about one in four disabled people are smokers compared to about one in five for the non disabled. According to the study more than 10 million smokers smoke.
In Virginia about 25% of people with disabilities smoke, compared to 20% of those without a disability.
Delaware had the highest smoking rate among people with disabilities, about 39 percent. The lowest rate was in Puerto Rico with about 12 percent.