A high rate of smoking has helped make Klamath County one of the unhealthiest counties in Oregon.
A report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation marked Klamath 31st of the 33 Oregon counties it ranked. Twenty-four percent of adults in Klamath County smoke, compared with 16.3 percent statewide. The annual mortality rate from tobacco-related illness is 235 deaths per 100,000 people in Klamath County.
About 19 percent of Klamath County residents in 2011 reported their own health as being poor or fair. The county health department says the leading causes of death include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and chronic lower respiratory disease.
Just over 21 percent of Klamath County residents classified themselves as physically inactive, while the statewide rate was 16 percent.
Information from: Herald and News, http://www.heraldandnews.com