Smoking: Increasingly, a Poor Problem

Smoking in the US continues to decline, the CDC reported yesterday—but increasingly, it’s looking like a problem of the poor.

The percentage of smokers fell to 16.8%, down from 17.8% in 2013—and a huge improvement from the 1960s, when nearly half all of Americans smoked. But, nearly 6 million Americans on Medicaid smoke, along with almost 9 million people without insurance. And, about 43% of less educated Americans smoked in 2014—compared to 5% of those holding a graduate degree.
The New York Times

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