You think this kind of dedication happens by accident?
Tobacco companies have developed several strategies to weasel their way into the low-income lifestyle -- and it's all about the community. They often target lower-class neighborhoods by bombarding them with ads and cheaper cigarettes. Not only that, but they also tend to insinuate themselves into these vulnerable communities via corporate contributions, making them seem like they're part of everyday life. Like Starbucks. Or cancer.
Not that they have to try hard -- the country's class system already does most of the grunt work for Big Tobacco. Income tends to cluster geographically, and low-income households have the worst mobility, which means that in these neighborhoods, smokers or potential smokers are likely to live so close to each other that most of them probably start smoking simply to get a break from the constant cloud of secondhand smoke wafting through their housing.
Its like if the phrase "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" was super deadly.
In fact, there's now a huge class disparity when it comes to cigarette smoking. Roughly 73 percent of the homeless population smokes cigarettes, because tobacco companies have found that the chronically disenfranchised are easy victims, like the bunch of slow-release serial killers that they are.