We're No. 3! We're No. 3!
Go ahead, chant it if you like. Pat us on the back. Hoist us onto your shoulders and carry us off the field.
We're No. 3! And after a decade of leading the nation in adult smoking rates, this is great news.
According to data recently released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Kentucky dropped from first in the nation's adult smoking rates to third, trailing West Virginia and Indiana. Since 2007, the state's prevalence of adult smokers has decreased from 28.3 percent in 2007 to 25.2 percent. …
Of course, celebration at this point is premature.
The state and nation still have far to go as Kentucky continues to rank too close to the top of the list with more than a quarter of its adults smoking, and the national prevalence rate is 18.3 percent.