Despite a massive social and health campaign over the last 30 to 40 years against the risks of smoking tobacco, a reported 36 million adults in the United States still smoke cigarettes. A new study released by the University of Colorado highlights some new findings about this persistent population of smokers, most notably the fact that the social and economic disparity between smokers and non-smokers continues to widen. Nearly 75% of smokers suffer from one or more form of disadvantage, the study finds, including, for example, lack of a high school diploma, no health insurance coverage, and living in poverty. The study finds that, among smokers, those of lower economic status were no less interested in quitting smoking, but were instead less successful when they attempted to quit.
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