Compare state by state map and table for percent of smokers who tried to Quit Smoking in 2020. Overall 54% tried to quit, US-wide according to the most recent data, about 3 points lower than 2019. What is happening in your state? the District of Columbia and Connecticut had the greatest percentage trying to quit (65% and 63% respectively). Kentucky had the lowest in percent of smokers trying to quit smoking, at 47%. However, 8 states had lower than 50% of smokers trying to quit. Breakouts by racial groups are shown for each state. Generally, Black, Hispanic and Asian populations were much more likely to try to quit than White or Native American groups. From the Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts.