Any news where we see the number of people smoking dropping is normally a good thing. It means the years of information and anti-smoking schemes are working.

However there has been a troubling development in the last 10 years, the rich are quitting but the poor aren't.

What makes it even worse is that this is having a huge impact on life expectancy as well. For the first time in 50 years the life expectancy gap between the rich and poor is growing.

In fact the richer among us have already moved to e-cigarettes, so why haven't the rest?

And it isn't just happening in the UK, but all over the developed world.

Why Is This Happening?

At first glance this doesn't seem to make sense, after all smoking is expensive (and getting more so every day). Wouldn't it be the rich then who could afford cigarettes and why haven’t the poor tried to find a more affordable alternative?

Simply put, it can be expensive to be healthy.

Whether it’s eating only organic fruit and vegetables, joining a gym and getting a personal trainer, or getting help with quitting smoking, these can all cost money.

So when money is scarce things like quitting smoking or eating healthy tend to take a backseat to the essentials.

In America the difference is stark! The national average for smokers in the US is 15%, however if you are in the lower classes (measured by education and pay), the percentage is 40%.

And that number hasn't changed in years.

In the UK the numbers aren't so bad, but smoking is still the biggest cause of inequality in death rates between rich and poor in the UK.

For example if you are a tradesman or work in retail, you are 16% more likely to smoke then a lawyer or professor. And that divide is growing.

With the number of smokers dropping every year some think smoking will soon be the habit of the poor.

Though the reason for this shift is not certain, a lot of the time it is a matter of the culture which creates lower incentives to quit. In other words if everyone else smokes it is that much harder to quit.

Smoking traps people as well, as the price of cigarettes goes up, the more of your income is spent on smoking, and the less you have to improve your life.

This can be a major factor in stopping people’s progress in improving their lives, for example finding better employment or making healthy choices.

As you are staying in the same place, it is easy to keep up the same habits such as smoking. It is a cycle which traps thousands of people into smoking.

Another factor is that it seems that the richer you are, the more you have exposure to healthier food and healthy living.

The poorer sections of society also have less access to help, or the time to use it.

 

What Being Done To Help?

Fortunately in the UK there are schemes and groups that aim to help people stop smoking. This is of course on top of the prescriptions doctors can give such as nicotine patches, quit smoking drugs or even nicotine gum.

For many though these don't work, or don't work for long.

That is why e-cigarettes have been so helpful. For many people they have been even more helpful then patches or gum.

And E-Cigarettes help people who still need the hand to mouth feel of a cigarette. For many people smoking is a habit they have had for years, and having something that simulates a cigarette helps. This can really help if all your friends still smoke, as it helps avoid temptation.

The best part though? E-Cigarettes are MUCH more affordable then cigarettes, and are still 95% less harmful then cigarettes!

Someone who smokes can save themselves thousands of pounds every year by making the switch. E-cigarettes can help people break out of the cycle which keeps them smoking and help them to more away from cigarettes.

Millions of people in the UK have already used them to quit smoking, from all walks of life. If you want to be one of them why not try one of our starter kits today!

About SMOKO Premium E-Cigarettes

SMOKO Premium Electronic Cigarettes is the UK’s leading brand of e-cigarettes.  Since starting in 2012, SMOKO has helped prevent the use of over 100,000,000 cigarettes. We have helped our customers save over £32,500,000 in extra disposable income.

SMOKO E-Cigarettes contains only the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. Which have been Made in the UK! The majority of e-cigarette brands sold in grocery and convenience stores, petrol stations and on-line use Chinese-made ingredients.

SMOKO Electronic Cigarettes contain only 4 ingredients vs. the 4,000 chemicals and 50 known carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes.

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