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People Who Began Smoking Before 1964 May Be Eligible for Compensation

Posted on 12th April, 2021

by Legal Staff

Over the last 50 years, the number of people in the United States who smoke has decreased radically.

In the 1960s, approximately 42% of Americans were smokers, whereas, in 2010, roughly 22% of men and 18% of women were smokers.

This surprising decline in the number of smokers throughout the country is due to the awareness raised to the general public that tobacco use can lead to the development of diseases like cancers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Another essential aspect, as well as a reason why so many people were smoking in the past, is the advertising of cigarettes, which shockingly were promoted as a healthy product that allegedly helped individuals alleviate their sore throat, lose weight, and reduce their digestive problems, to name a few.

Prevalence of Smoking in Individuals with Poorer Educational Backgrounds

In contrast, nowadays, we only see the negative effects of tobacco smoking, which deters numerous people from engaging in this unhealthy and potentially deadly habit.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, today, only 29.7% of smokers in the United States have graduated from high school, 21.9% have completed some college and 9% have earned a Bachelor's Degree or a higher degree.

This shows that smoking tends to be more prevalent among people with a poorer educational background, as they are usually misinformed with regard to the dangers of cigarette smoking. Moreover, smoking is more prevalent in small towns and rural areas than in large metropolitan areas.

For this reason, people who struggle with health problems as a result of smoking tobacco can now file a claim to receive the financial compensation they are eligible for since they had been intentionally led to believe that smoking was not as harmful as it was.

Initially, smoking was adopted by the upper class in the United States, first by men, then by women. It was perceived as a symbol of sophistication and wealth in the first half of the past century. The habit eventually spread to the middle and working classes.

People with a higher income were the first to take up the habit, but they were also the first to embrace the antismoking campaigns when the adverse effects of smoking were revealed by medical studies and to eventually quit smoking. Another interesting statistic is that tobacco use is the most prevalent among non-Hispanic whites at the moment, with 25% of white men and 22% of white women being regular smokers in 2009.

Finally, another important aspect to keep in mind is that the majority of smokers began using tobacco in their teenage years. Accordingly, in 1975, approximately 37% of 12th graders claimed that they had smoked in the previous month, whereas in 2010, just 19% said that they had smoked in the last month.

File a Tobacco Claim with the Help of Atraxia Law

The team of experts at Atraxia Law will carefully evaluate your situation to determine if you are entitled to financial compensation.

We will take into consideration key aspects such as whether you are or were a heavy smoker and the severity of your diagnosis.

If you are or were a smoker who took up the habit before 1964 as a minor and came to struggle with the following diseases, you are eligible for compensation from the manufacturers whose cigarettes you have been smoking:

Eventually, we will let you know if you qualify for filing a tobacco claim. If you do, we will subsequently guide you to a specialized attorney to receive the money you deserve for your suffering. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will promptly answer your questions.