A new report released this week shows that more than a quarter of Russell County adults smoke.
According to the data, 26 percent of Russell County adults smoke, and neighboring counties fall into a similar range going as high as 31 percent in Casey County and as low as 25 percent in Adair and Pulaski counties.
In 2020, for the first time in two decades, cigarette sales increased nationwide, resulting in the U.S. Surgeon General releasing a report for the first time in two decades about the dangers of smoking.
An estimated 480,000 people die from smoking every year. An additional 41,000 die each year from secondhand smoke, making smoking the #3 cause of death in America.