Tobacco Usage - Socioeconomic Status

Adults who have lower levels of educational attainment, who are unemployed, or who live at, near, or below the U.S. federal poverty level are considered to have low socioeconomic status (SES).1
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in 2014 was 14.8%.2 In 2014, the number of people aged 18 and older who had completed high school was 29.6%, and the number who had completed some high school but had no diploma was 4.4%.3
In the U.S., people living below the poverty level and people having lower levels of educational attainment have higher rates of cigarette smoking than the general population.4,5 Among people having only a GED certificate, smoking prevalence is more than 40%, the highest of any SES group.5

For more information, see the link below to the CDC article

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http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/disparities/low-ses/index.htm




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