Cheyenne, WY – The number of Wyoming residents who smoke increased 2 percent between 2002 and 2006.
That's according to preliminary results of a statewide survey by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center. The study's authors presented their findings yesterday (Monday) at a conference in Cheyenne.
George Pitt is project coordinator for the state Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. He says aggressive marketing by tobacco companies may be one reason for the increase.
Pitt says acceptance of smoking in some Wyoming communities and the relative newness of the Tobacco-Free Wyoming Community Program also may have contributed to the increase.
Even so, he says gains have been made in efforts to reduce tobacco use in Wyoming. Pitt says a growing number of restaurants in Wyoming no longer allow smoking.