In the U.S., people living below the poverty level and people with lower levels of educational attainment have a higher tendency to smoke cigarettes the general population.
This is true in Nebraska, too. An inverse relationship exists between education levels and smoking: as the educational level increases, the likelihood of smoking decreases. And, individuals who own their home have a much lower rate of smoking compared with renters.
Further, people with lower socio-economic status tend to smoke cigarettes for longer periods in their lives – nearly twice as many years as people with a family income three times that of the poverty rate.
Under-resourced people also have greater exposure to secondhand smoke. As a reminder, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.