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Poorest Smokers Face Toughest Odds for Kicking the Habit
ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 20, 2012 | ScienceDaily

Posted on 01/23/2012 9:08:38 PM PST by dila813

Quitting smoking is never easy. However, when you're poor and uneducated, kicking the habit for good is doubly hard, according to a new study by a tobacco dependence researcher at The City College of New York (CCNY).

Christine Sheffer, associate medical professor at CCNY's Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, tracked smokers from different socioeconomic backgrounds after they had completed a statewide smoking cessation program in Arkansas.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: poorexploitation; smoking; tobacco
Obama Administration is Anti-Science, they won't accept this research that shows Obama's increase in Tobacco Taxes was an attack on the very poor he claims to love.

A targeted tax on the 99%..............

1 posted on 01/23/2012 9:08:49 PM PST by dila813
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To: dila813

The poor have few luxuries. Smokes are among them. I know, it makes no economic sense, but it is what it is.

From a lot of reading about concentration camps of the 20th Century, the last three non-essentials which people will give up are in order:

1) alcohol

2) caffeine

3) nicotine - the last to go.


2 posted on 01/23/2012 9:29:29 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: dila813

I quit smoking almost 4 years ago. I went cold turkey and it only cost about $5 a day for the tootsie pops and gum. Less than a pack of smokes. Quit the pops and gum after about 2 months. Makin money every day now, the way I see it. I made less that $50 a year when I quit.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 9:34:35 PM PST by FishinTX (kill terrorists, protect the border, punch hippies)
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To: Psalm 144

I don’t smoke. But if I was in a concentration camp and couldn’t get a drink, couldn’t get anything to read, couldn’t chitchat with a woman...I would probably want a cigarette.


4 posted on 01/23/2012 9:46:34 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: dila813

Instead of buying the carton of cigs buy the patch they work and they are a little cheaper! After 35 years I quit. But you have to want to quit!


5 posted on 01/23/2012 10:25:26 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: dila813
Oh, those poor oppressed poor! They even have more trouble quitting smoking! How awful.

(Pssst - don't tell anyone, but the bad choices and lack of self discipline that made them poor may also be why they smoke, rather than the "accident" of being poor being a causal factor)

6 posted on 01/23/2012 10:30:33 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: 70times7
(Pssst - don't tell anyone, but the bad choices and lack of self discipline that made them poor may also be why they smoke, rather than the "accident" of being poor being a causal factor)

Not just a lack of self discipline but a lack of economic discipline. If you are poor and spending money on cigarettes, you're not really concerned without changing your situation. Money spent on cigs could be better spent elsewhere.
7 posted on 01/23/2012 10:40:14 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: dila813

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just shoot up some heroin?


8 posted on 01/23/2012 10:55:12 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: af_vet_rr

The guvmnt should just allow food stamps to be used to buy cigs.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 10:57:40 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: tallyhoe
I quit 10 years ago - can't believe the money I've saved!

I didn't use the patch though, I took an ashtray full of the old ladies' Virginia Slim butts, added beer or water and took a few deep whiffs when ever I was jonesing bad. It took the desire away REALLY fast!

10 posted on 01/23/2012 10:58:53 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: dila813

This just in: Correlation /= Causation. Film at 11.


11 posted on 01/24/2012 12:36:01 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Women and minorities hardest hit


12 posted on 01/24/2012 1:11:22 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dila813

Excuses for not quitting are the greatest enabler.
Financial status should be a greater motivator for the poor than it is for the rich.
Anyone for personal responsibility?


13 posted on 01/24/2012 4:38:44 AM PST by Fireone (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Slump Tester

Some people are more addicted than others. It was tough for me I tried 5 or 6 times to quit to no avail! I finally succeeded!! People don’t realize how much money it cost to smoke anymore. When you pay 85.00 a carton that aint hay!


14 posted on 01/24/2012 9:50:05 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: dila813

My father smoked over a pack a day for 40 years before he managed to quite just by gradually cutting back and exercising more. He was a CFO of a Fortune 500 company, so certainly not poor. Also he was smart enough to know better. I’m proud of him for kicking it finally.

Incedentally, he did say that all the restrcitive rules about smoking indoors helpe. Once his company banned the practice inside all offices it helped him immensley. Same with restaurants and bars. I know some of that legislation is unpopular to mamy freepers. It helped my family at least.


15 posted on 01/24/2012 10:00:42 AM PST by strider44
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To: dila813

My father smoked over a pack a day for 40 years before he managed to quite just by gradually cutting back and exercising more. He was a CFO of a Fortune 500 company, so certainly not poor. Also he was smart enough to know better. I’m proud of him for kicking it finally.

Incedentally, he did say that all the restrcitive rules about smoking indoors helpe. Once his company banned the practice inside all offices it helped him immensley. Same with restaurants and bars. I know some of that legislation is unpopular to mamy freepers. It helped my family at least.


16 posted on 01/24/2012 10:09:20 AM PST by strider44
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To: dila813; Psalm 144

Smoking is a pleasure to a smoker.

But quitting is very simple and very easy. All you have to do is want to.

I was sitting in a class on measuring gas concentrations at the University of Washington. The professor was discussing that a common technique was drawing a measured amount of gas through a specified length of reagent filled tube.

I piped up and said “Those poor folks in the Lake Washington floating bridge toll booths must have it bad for carbon monoxide !”

He replied “Yeah, we’ve only measured one group worse - smokers.”

I quit that minute for six months. Then, at a bar, started again. I had no “withdrawals”, no shakes, no nervousness, not even crabbiness. Because I WANTED to. Which is the same reason I smoke now, 40 years later. Because I want to.

As my current office job is in a “smoke free” facility, I simply don’t smoke from 7:00 to 11:30, or from 12:30 to 4:30. No big deal, and it’s cut the cost of butts !


17 posted on 01/24/2012 12:52:31 PM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Mark
The guvmnt should just allow food stamps to be used to buy cigs.

That's our tax dollars. I don't like some of the things that food stamps can be used on as it is. Cigarettes, hell no.
18 posted on 01/24/2012 4:20:03 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: 70times7
Oh, those poor oppressed poor! They even have more trouble quitting smoking!

The major cost of cigarettes are taxes........I thought that YOU, as a so called CONSERVATIVE, had a problem with taxation?

Or is this simply one of those "pick and choose what I wish to support" types of issues?

I'm sure you have a problem with gasoline taxes don't you?


19 posted on 01/24/2012 4:44:47 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: af_vet_rr
The guvmnt should just allow food stamps to be used to buy cigs.(/S)

I did not think the /s was needed

20 posted on 01/24/2012 5:41:25 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Mears

bfl


21 posted on 01/24/2012 5:49:40 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Hot Tabasco
LOL - What in the world are you talking about?

Is there a problem with your comprehension of what I wrote? Or are you not able to clearly express what you are trying to say?

Perhaps it is my fault. In the past I have omitted the "/s" from my posts thinking "there really can't be anyone dumb enough to think that this is intended as a valid statement...". But still I get posts like #19. If this is one of those times I do apologize.

22 posted on 01/25/2012 3:38:05 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: 70times7
Perhaps it is my fault. In the past I have omitted the "/s" from my posts thinking "there really can't be anyone dumb enough to think that this is intended as a valid statement

Yes, it IS your fault because there ARE dumbasses around here who feel that tobacco taxes ARE OK as long as it promotes their agenda..........

23 posted on 01/25/2012 4:43:20 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: 70times7
Perhaps it is my fault. In the past I have omitted the "/s" from my posts thinking "there really can't be anyone dumb enough to think that this is intended as a valid statement

Yes, it IS your fault because there ARE dumbasses around here who feel that tobacco taxes ARE OK as long as it promotes their agenda..........

So forgive me for thinking that you are one of them.........

24 posted on 01/25/2012 4:44:30 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Hot Tabasco
The discussion that I was part of had nothing to do with taxes. That is something you read into it all on your own. Regarding "my fault"... That is twice you have failed to recognize the gist with out the "/s" (that stands for sarcasm, btw); pay better attention. Does it become tiresome searching FR looking for the mention of tobacco so you can pounce on threads to whine about your pet peeve? Please be sure to not tell me.

For the record I am a cigar smoker. And even though I hate cigarettes, and don't care for their smell, and I'm glad I don't have to smell smoke in restaurants, I hate the taxes associated with tobacco, and think that those taxes, along with the draconian laws prohibiting smoking in bars. etc, are wrong.

Here's a suggestion: from now on when you do this, just post "sorry, my mistake", and move on to the next wrong thread. Now run along. I'm sure there must be a smoking thread somewhere on FR that desperately needs an anti-tax advocate. Criminy!

25 posted on 01/25/2012 7:41:29 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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