Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

U.S. Highest Death Rate In The South

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (UPI) — In 1965, Alaska, Rhode Island, Delaware and Pennsylvania had the highest mortality rates, but by 2004 the highest death rates moved south, researchers say.

Andrew Fenelon of Brown University and the Population Council — a group that conducts biomedical, social science and public health research — compiled data pertaining to the cause of death in States. By 2004, there was a marked shift in mortality rates to south central States geographically contiguous — Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, he said.

Fenelon analyzed five decades of data and said mortality attributable to smoking peaked later in the Central South, but the death rate in the region was also significantly higher, which Felelon suggested might be explained because of persistent smoking.

By 2004, the gap in mortality attributable to smoking between the Central Southern States and States in other regions was exceptionally large: among men, smoking explained as much as 75 percent of the difference between the Central South and other U.S. regions, Felelon said.

Tobacco laws in the South are generally more lenient than the rest of the country. There are 10 states that have no statewide smoking bans in places such a workplaces or restaurants, the study said.

The findings were published in the journal Population and Development Review.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “U.S. Highest Death Rate In The South”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.