The Risks Of Smoking

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Smoking has attributed to millions of preventable deaths in the United States. Many people who smoke profusely for years, end up contracting lung cancer (Tavernise & Gebeloff, 2014). Cancer is caused by viruses, bacteria, radiation and some chemicals – chemicals found in tobacco products used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. In recent years, the smoking rate has begun to decline, yet people of lower incomes continue to be at a higher risk of contracting lung cancer due to their smoking habits which are linked to community, economic and environmental factors.
I took a closer look at a newspaper article published by The New York Times. In “Smoking Proves Hard to Shake Among the Poor,” Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff point
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in most high-income countries, comprehensive tobacco control legislations have now been adopted” (ClinicalKey, 2012). Here we can see a huge discrepancy between the two sides of the spectrum. One group, with fewer resources, is on the brink of having an epidemic which could kill millions of people, while another group is getting the help they need to reduce the amount of smoking. This view can also be transferred on to a smaller scale seen in the newspaper article by Tavernise and Gebeloff. In America, for example, there are economic and educational divides. Those who have a high school education or less, are more likely to live below average and be susceptible to smoking. While those who get a higher education and go to college are less likely to fall under, but if they did, they have the resources available to them. In the aforementioned county in Kentucky, people there find it hard to quit even with the incentive of others dying around them (Tavernise & Gebeloff, 2014). Stuber, Galea and Link suggest that “…studies have shown that blue collar workers reside in occupational environments that are less supportive of quitting” (Stuber, Galea & Link, 2008). This point demonstrates that in impoverished towns, few people have higher education and therefore …show more content…
This has proven to be helpful in states with high smoking rates, however, in “Smoking Proves Hard to Shake Among the Poor” this point was not mentioned. Instead the direct involvement of tobacco companies advertising in low-income areas in hopes of selling cigarettes at a cheaper price (Tavernise & Gebeloff, 2014). This is seen as acceptable and normal in this community because smoking is dominant in the

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