Smoking and Poverty



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The information below summarises an analysis by Howard Reed of Landman Economics for Action on Smoking and Health, entitled “Smoking and Poverty”. The research shows that the high cost of tobacco is driving over a million people in the UK into poverty. Furthermore, poverty rates across all smoking households increase from around one fifth (22.3%) to one third (31.3%) when the cost of tobacco is taken into account. Statistics are also included for children and pensioners pushed into poverty because of tobacco addiction.

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