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County smoking, heavy drinking rates above U.S., Pa.

Allegheny County has a higher percentage of smokers and heavy drinkers than state- and nationwide, according to a health study released today.

Twenty-seven percent of adults in the county reported they were current smokers, compared to 25 percent statewide and 23 percent nationwide.

Thirty-four percent of adults in the county reported having five or more alcoholic beverages on at least one occasion in the past 30 days, compared to 29 percent statewide and nationwide, based on 2002 state and national surveys.

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