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Why the Poor are Less Likely to Quit Smoking


Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 Why the Poor are Less Likely to Quit Smoking

Jon Henley of The Guardian (07 10 08) investigates the fact that people from poorer areas are less likely to give up smoking than their middle class counterparts.

According to statistics 23% of men and 21 Of women (9 million) in this country are still smokers.

British Lung Foundation supports the publication of the ‘Beyond Smoking Kills’ report being launched by Action On Smoking Health (ASH) who argue that “The health inequalities involved are perhaps the most striking thing about smoking in Britain today,” says Deborah Arnott, its president. “The more deprived your circumstances, the more likely you are to smoke.”

This is supported by Professor Martin Jarvis who states if your educational level is below the average, you are more likely to smoke. If you live in rented or overcrowded accommodation, you are more likely to smoke. Ditto if you do not have access to a car, are unemployed, or on state income benefit.

The problem for the poor is that the more deprived you are, the more dependent you are on nicotine, the more nicotine you take in.” Notably the statistics in Liverpool highlight that up to 52% of people smoke. Suggesting nicotine addiction is stronger in lower socio-economic groups.

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