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The number of smokers per capita in the NWT remains more than double the national average and stubbornly so, something that should worry policymakers within the territorial government, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst with the society, said although there are some signs of progress, smoking rates remain far too high in the NWT. “My general comments are that the smoking prevalence rate is 35 per cent when Canada-wide it is 15 per cent,” Cunningham said.