The United States has made great progress against the smoking epidemic over the past half-century, reducing the number of people who smoke from more than 40 percent of the population in the mid-1960s to around 14 percent today.

But that still leaves more than 34 million Americans using tobacco. And as with many health issues, underserved populations—including groups defined by race, ethnicity, comorbid health conditions, and low socioeconomic status—have shown markedly less improvement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that more than 30 percent of Americans living below the poverty line smoke cigarettes.

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