Posted by: audreybenenati | February 19, 2010

Cigarette addiction isn’t just about biochemistry. Social norms, income and regulations matter as much if not more


States With the Most Smokers

Rebecca Ruiz, 02.18.10, 08:00 PM EST

Drug companies that sell anti-smoking drugs would have you believe that tobacco use is a simple matter of biochemistry. But smoking rates have a lot to do with social and cultural attitudes, socioeconomic status and state laws, a quick glance at state statistics reveals.

Nationally, 20.6% of adults are smokers–including 23% of men and 18% of women. Cigarette smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke cause 443,000 deaths annually, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the likelihood of lighting up can skyrocket or plunge depending on where you live.

Read the rest at http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/18/smoking-nicotine-addiction-lifestyle-health-lung-cancer.html?boxes=Homepagechannels

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