Smoking is on the rise
Friday, November 13, 2009
Smoking nationally ticked upward among virtually all ethnic and age groups in 2008, but remained significantly below levels of a decade ago, the Centers for Disease Control reports.
Overall, 20.6% of the population reported smoking, up from 19.8% in 2007.
Prevelance was far higher among people whose income was below poverty level, at 31.5%, and people with no college education, as this chart shows.
In its latest mortality and morbity report, the Centers for Disease Control states:
Prevalence variations by education level are likely related to differences in understanding of the health hazards of smoking and differences in receptivity to smoking-related health messages. Moreover, persons with higher levels of education might have a better understanding of the health hazards of smoking and might be more receptive to health messaging about the dangers of smoking.