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Dr. Patrick J. Withrow
Kentucky ranked No. 1 for wrong health reasons

By Dr. Patrick J. Withrow

What I am referring to, sadly, are the horrible chronic diseases and premature deaths caused by Kentuckians using tobacco products.
Per Capita, Kentucky ranks No. 1 in cigarette consumption of all 50 states and leads the nation in lung cancer deaths. One-third of all cancer deaths in Kentucky are related to tobacco. The No. 1 killer of women is heart attack and stroke and of men, cancer; most are attributable to tobacco. Kentucky leads the nation by far in pregnant women who smoke (26.5 percent vs. 10.7 percent).