ANCHORAGE - State health officials say there's been a marked drop in tobacco use in Alaska.
Recent studies show there are 27,000 fewer adult smokers in Alaska since 1996.
The data indicate that smoking is on the decline among adults in most age groups and regions of the state, although they are still high among Alaska Native adults.
The state predicts this will lead to 8,000 fewer tobacco-related deaths and $300 million in averted medical costs.
Smoking is the state's No. 1 cause of preventable death.
The state's tobacco program includes a free tobacco Quit Line for all Alaskans (1-888-842-QUIT).
The service includes individualized quit plans, personal quit coaches, and nicotine replacement therapy.