Costly smoking trends disrupt health insurance providers in Tobacco Nation
by Truth Initiative
February 26, 2018
You’re not alone. As one Harvard University professor recently noted, smokers have vanished from the public health conversation.
“People think, ‘I don’t know why we are still talking about tobacco.’”
Here’s why: in much of the country, tobacco dependence remains a crisis.
Yes, it is encouraging that the U.S. adult smoking rate has hit a low of 15 percent,2 down from 40 percent in 1972.3 But today’s tobacco statistics obscure an alarming fact: in a huge swath of the Midwest and South, tobacco use remains alarmingly high.