Bloomberg ranked the U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on their acceptance of smoking.
Three factors were considered: combined percentage of adults who smoke cigarettes either "every day" or "some days"; excise tax imposed on each pack of cigarettes; and legislation restricting smoking in bars, restaurants and private worksites. Each factor was scored from 0 to 100, with 100 signifying most tolerance for smokers. The final "smoker-friendly" score is an average of the three scores. For the first two categories, the state with the lowest smoker-friendly value was given a score of 0, while the state with the highest value was given a score of 100. All other states were given scores depending on where their values fell between these two extremes, based on a percentile basis. For legislation, each location was given a score of 0 for "Banned," 33.33 for "Separate Ventilated Areas," 66.67 for "Designated Areas" and 100 for "None/No Provision." These three scores were averaged into a final legislation score. "No Provision" indicates there is no provision in the law that requires any restriction on smoking, while "None" means there is a provision stating that smoking is permitted. "Designated Areas" do not have to be separately enclosed while "Separate Ventilated Areas" must be enclosed rooms with independent ventilation that does not allow smoke to infiltrate other indoor areas. Smoking rates are from 2011 while tax rates and legislation are from 2013. All figures are latest available. Tax figures are rounded.