ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and a new Gallup poll breaks down the nation’s smoking rates by state.

Missouri is near the top and Illinois in the middle, according to the results of this new national survey.

26.2 percent of Missourians say they smoke. That’s the fourth-highest total in the nation.

Kentucky has the highest smoking rate, West Virginia is number two, and Oklahoma is third.

In Illinois, the number of smokers is 21 percent, near the national average. Illinois is tied with several other states at number 20.

Smoking remains the nation’s leading cause of lung cancer.


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