Update on Fighting Tobacco’s Deadly Cost on the Poor in West Virginia (Commentary) (Report)

Update on Fighting Tobacco's Deadly Cost on the Poor in West Virginia (Commentary) (Report)

Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death in West Virginia, with an annual smoking-related toll of3,800 residents–all, in theory, preventable. Nicotine addiction, lack of education, low prices, and the tobacco industry’s relentless promotion of its deadly products are just a few of the factors that sustain the epidemic. The poor, the less educated, and the disenfranchised smoke and use tobacco more than their better-off neighbors. Consequently, they suffer a disproportionate burden of tobacco-related illness and death. They are also the most exploited victims of predatory marketing practices of the tobacco industry that capitalize on their vulnerabilities.

Update on Fighting Tobacco's Deadly Cost on the Poor in West Virginia (Commentary) (Report)



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