The smoking rate in Wisconsin has reached an all-time low. After several years with 17% of adults smoking tobacco, the rate has now dropped to 16% according to the Department of Health Services’ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey. The age group that saw the biggest reduction was 35-44 year olds, which dropped from 24% down to 19%. There are also signs that smoking rates may be starting to fall for some groups that have higher rates, including African Americans and people who are on Medicaid. State Health Officer Karen McKeown says the drop is due to the hard work put in by organizations, health educators, families and young people to provide information about the dangers of smoking, and programs available to help people quit.