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Alabama is the fifth friendliest state to smokers, according to a new ranking by Bloomberg.com.

The news service looked at three factors: the percentage of adults who smoke cigarettes every day or some days; the tax imposed on a pack; and legislation restricting smoking in bars and work.

Using this information, a score was assigned -- the highest number indicating the most "smoker-friendly."

Alabama scored 85.15. That put them behind five states: the top point-getter Kentucky, followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Here are the top 10 smoker-friendly states and their scores:

1. Kentucky -- 96.57

2. West Virginia -- 96.12

3. Mississippi -- 90.12

4. South Carolina -- 85.38

5. Alabama -- 85.15

6. Wyoming -- 84.94

7. Missouri -- 81.14

8. Oklahoma -- 76.41

9. Arkansas -- 73.49

10. Georgia -- 72.18

Published 2:17pm Tuesday, June 18, 2013

By Mike Oliver, al.com

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