If you’re a smoker, scientists think you are mentally ill, poor or both. This comes from a new study from the CDC that states cigarette smoking among U.S. adults continues to drop except in low-income areas and in those with mental health issues.
SCIENTISTS SEE NEW TREND IN SMOKING NATIVE AMERICANS
Among white and black people, 25% of them still smoke up. Among Asians, 1/10 use cigarettes, however, amongst Native Americans, smoking rates rose almost two percent. The CDC took data from 180,000 people and scientists think they see a pattern. According to them, poor groups, minorities and the mentally ill are using more cigarettes. Furthermore, tobacco stores tend to be in the poor parts of town, which has a large effect on this data.
SCIENTISTS SAY HIGH PRICES GOOD FOR SMOKING RATES
Scientists have also seen that a higher cost of tobacco caused a decrease in adult use. That still doesn’t explain the uptick in use among the Native Americans however. This is because new government laws on tobacco products don’t apply to Native American nations. Even though the overall rate is declining, there are still some negative facts among those in low-income areas.
SCIENTISTS STUDY NOT ENOUGH TO STOP SMOKING
Studies like this one come out fairly regularly, yet people still find it hard to fight addiction. According to the CDC, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease. Furthermore, it’s the cause of more than 480,000 premature deaths every year. Besides that, cigarettes have a number of bad side effects. Thrown away butts do not decompose and non-smokers are at risk to the dangers of second-hand smoking. The popularity of e-cigarettes is starting to change that, however, even those have harmful chemicals of their own. As with many things in America, money controls the law. Millions are made in the tobacco industry every month and that is far too big a profit to mess with. Still, it’s encouraging to see anti-tobacco efforts have made some impact on the nation’s addictive qualities.