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Smoking Disparities Persist in Low-Income Communities

A recent article shows health disparities in smoking rates persist among low-income and other vulnerable populations. The article, which appears in The Nation’s Health, describes how the tobacco industry continues to make inroads into low-income communities despite public health smoking cessation and prevention efforts.

While smoking rates among adults overall declined in 2015, more than 25% of low-income people still smoke. As the article points out, multiple social and economic factors contribute to disparities in smoking rates. Education levels, access to health care, and even chronic stress due to poverty can make it more difficult to quit smoking. In addition to low-income people, LGBTQ populations and people with mental illness are also more likely to smoke.

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