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Survey shows fewer Iowans lighting up

DES MOINES (AP) -- A new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows the number of adult Iowans who smoke cigarettes has dropped 22 percent since 2006.

Preliminary results released Wednesday show that 14 percent of adult Iowans, or about 327,000 people, say they smoke cigarettes. That's down from more than 400,000 two years ago.

Concerns over their health was the number one reason given by both smokers and former smokers as to why they have or would quit smoking. Cost was a distant second.

The report was prepared by the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa. It is based on a telephone survey of about 2,100 adult Iowans.

The full report will be released in February.

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