(WTVM) - In a new study, Alabama ranks among the top ten states most likely to smoke themselves to death.
In this study published by healthcare.com, analysts used the latest numbers by the CDC citing Alabama's involvement brought on by the high number of underage smokers lighting up across the state.
According to the Department of Public Health, more people aren't picking up the habit – they simply aren't quitting as fast as smokers in other states.
Alabama also has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the country. Dr. Jim McVey with the Alabama Department of Public Health says raising tobacco taxes is always an option.
Health professionals hope this study will grab the attention of Alabama smokers to face their addiction head on.