- Stress. For many people tobacco use is a coping mechanism. For low socioeconomic people, stress is chronic and often caused by community violence and joblessness.
- Targeted marketing. Researchers have found that there are fewer tobacco advertisements in the higher socioeconomic communities compared to the lower socioeconomic communities. Point of Sale tobacco marketing (including advertisements, price promotions, and product displays in stores) disproportionately affects youth, racial minorities and people of low income/education. For example, retailers located in minority and low-income neighborhoods are more likely to advertise tobacco products in store windows.
- Less access to cessation programs. Compared to white collar workers, blue collar workers have less access to to cessation programs to help them quit. Blue collar workers are more likely to start smoking and less likely to quit.
Great strides have been made in the fight against tobacco. However, an alarming number of families are impacted negatively by tobacco products so there is still work to do. As the fight against tobacco continues, it is important to not blame the individual who uses tobacco but instead to support those trying to quit.