Friday, February 14, 2014
UP IN SMOKE
UP IN SMOKE
I recently read a study on “Who smokes in the USA;” Very interesting study.
Apparently people in higher income brackets smoke less than people in lower income brackets. I wonder why…perhaps lower income brackets have more to worry about, and in lieu of flying to exotic venues and driving fancy cars, lower income people smoke.
People with a lower education tend to smoke more. Hmmm…lower education, lower income…see above. Also, smoking is stupid so…
The ethnicity of smokers is interesting. American Indians (not my politically incorrect designation) smoke the most, 31 percent. Asians smoke the least, 10 percent. Black people, White people and Hispanics all smoke about the same, 20 percent. They don’t say why the difference of American Indians and Asians, but it is nice to see that with Black, White and Hispanic Americans there is finally some equality.
The most interesting statistic is age groups that smoke.
18-24 years old – 19%
25-44 years old – 22%
45-64 years old -21%
64 and up – 8%
It would seem that no matter what your income group, your education, or your ethnicity, when people hit the age of 65 they suddenly become smart and quit smoking…
Or maybe smokers start to die off at 64, and the percentage of smokers falls off drastically with them.
It has been three years since I quit an on-and-off smoking addiction. I am glad that it was my smartening up that has helped lower the 64 and older percentage and not that other scenario.