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Feb. 19th, 2009 | 11:36 pm

There have been a few stories recently about a survey on smoking, with similar titles. Here's an example from the Telegraph - Smoking 'worse for your health than being working class':
Scientists found that rich smokers were more likely to die young than non-smokers from the least affluent backgrounds...

...Researchers found that a well-off professional who smoked was much more likely to die within the 28 years of the study than a non-smoking low-paid worker.
I think that by now you probably know that smoking is really bad for you. What gets me about the reporting is the assumption that it's newsworthy that regularly inhaling a known carcinogen is worse for you than being working class. What should be newsworthy is "being working class 'almost as bad for you as smoking'".

Only, apparently it is a transparent assumption now that if you're working class you just die earlier. We know it's true, study after study has shown that; it seems that it's seen as just a standard risk factor requiring no action. Go skiing, you're more likely to break your leg. Be working class, you're more likely to die early. Hey ho, that's life, eh? What do you expect?
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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 21st, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
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What about if you are working class AND a smoker . . . like you.

OB

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