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[Graphic News] Sejong has highest rate of heavy drinkers, smokers

A new survey revealed that citizens of Sejong City, Gangwon Province and Jeju Island drink, smoke and weigh more than people in other regions.

Sejong City recorded the highest male smoking rate at 51.3 percent, followed by Gangwon at 49.9 percent and Jeju with 49.4 percent. These areas also recorded the highest rate of high-risk drinking, with Sejong at 20.4 percent, Gangwon 19.5 percent and Jeju 18.8 percent. Jeju had the highest obesity rate with 30.1 percent, with Gangwon at 26.7 percent and Sejong 26.3 percent.

From 2008 to 2012, the median percentage for male smokers fell from 49.2 percent to 46.4 percent while obesity rose from 21.6 percent to 24.1 percent nationwide, according to the “2012 Regional Health Survey” released Wednesday.

By Lee Sang-ju (