USVI has lowest tobacco use

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by Caribbean News Now Staff

ST THOMAS, USVI — The US Virgin Islands has the lowest tobacco use rate of any US state or territory according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The St Thomas Source reported that Virginia and Kentucky puffed their way to the top of the ashtray, with 25.6 percent of adults smoking cigarettes.

The USVI has only 6.4 percent smokers, and Dr Eugene Tull, an epidemiologist with the Virgin Islands Health Department, said that the smoking rate in the Caribbean is very low because it is cultural in the region.

He said most of the smokers in the US Virgin Islands are whites and pointed out that Caribbean blacks in Europe and the United States smoke less than Caucasian or Hispanics.

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