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(WZZM) - Nationally, 13% of American adults smoke. In West Michigan, every county exceeds that number.
Muskegon County tops the list with 27 percent of adults saying they smoke. Allegan and Newaygo Counties come in a close second and third followed by Kent County at 18 percent and Ottawa County at 16 percent.
Some suggest electronic cigarettes are a safer option than normal cigarettes, but some in the medical community say they are not getting rid of the root problem, the nicotine addiction.
Laura Van Heest is a respiratory therapist with Saint Mary's Health Care. She also runs the tobacco free program there and she talks about the e-cigarette and other trends in tobacco.
She also talks about how to kick the tobacco habit. Click on the video link to watch the segment. To learn more about the new trends in tobacco, click here. For more resources on how to kick the habit, click here.