• John Herling

    Perhaps poor people aren’t well enough educated to understand the dangers of smoking.

    • CB123

      I grew up working class. The majority of adults I knew as a kid smoked, and there wasn’t a one of them who didn’t know smoking was bad for them. They just didn’t care.

      • John Herling

        Why didn’t they?

        • CB123

          There was just a kind of fatalistic attitude: “When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go.” There was also just a kind of resignation: “I don’t have very many other things in life that make me happy, so I’m going to smoke and drink and eat what I want.”

          • John Herling

            Affluent people don’t have those attitudes. Why is it that working class people do? Isn’t it logical to say to yourself, “If I avoid self-destructive behavior, I’ll be more likely to improve myself and live a long life.”?

          • CB123

            Affluent people have a lot to live for and a lot to look forward to. If you’re poor, your life is hard and generally sucks, and if you don’t see any prospect of it getting better, you’re likelier to say “to hell with it; I’m going to take my kicks where I can get them.”

          • Suralin

            Great, so now we’re cultivating the “nichevo” attitude that’s so common in Russia. “Why bother trying, when tomorrow’s going to be the same no matter what we do.”

  • CB123

    I’ve known many poor or working-class people who feel they have very few pleasures in life, and they have so little faith in a better future that they aren’t as concerned with their health as compared to other people who feel they have a lot to live for. Also, the poor and working class are disproportionately religious, and this combines with their fatalism: “If it’s God’s will, and it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go.”

    • Xen Young Zu

      Yea, and besides that the poor can’t afford marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol. Which rich people tend to prefer over cigarettes.

  • Xen Young Zu

    Haven’t you heard of addiction? Poor people don’t have insurance and can’t afford substance abuse programs like rich people can.

  • HeraSentMe

    Why don’t rich guys stop marrying women who could be their granddaughters?

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