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Kentucky puffs on as tobacco farming dwindles

US state with highest number of smokers was once a major tobacco producer, but many farmers switched crops.

Last Modified: 12 May 2013 23:51
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The US state of Kentucky was once one of the country’s leading tobacco producers, but the industry is slowly dying.

A major legal settlement 15 years ago led many farmers to diversify into other agricultural production.

The state, however, continues to have the highest number of smokers in the country. Little is being spent on anti-smoking programmes, as tobacco lobbyists fight back.

Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from Lexington, Kentucky.

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