Smoking Bans in Several WV Communities Barely Change Rate

Indoor smoking bans haven't made much of a dent in West Virginia's smoking rates.

State Department of Health figures show that 25.4 percent of West Virginians said they smoked regularly in 2009, compared to 25.8 percent in 1995. Twenty counties adopted smoking bans during that period.

Division of Tobacco Prevention director Bruce Adkins tells the Charleston Daily Mail that smoking ordinances aren't a "magic bullet."

Smoking rates remain high in some counties with strong ordinances. But rates are down in other counties with more lax regulations. Health officials say community education and outreach programs also are factors.

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