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View Diary: Cigarette Smoking as an Indicator of Poverty (96 comments)

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  •  something that needs to be part of public dialogue (1+ / 0-)
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    much more than it is (it isn't at all as far as I know)

    What it feels like to be poor. How having to fight and scrimp to pay for true necessities feels. How it feels like you are climbing a slippery pole and can barely keep from slipping back.

    We need to discuss how the chronic stress of poverty effects people, including their decisions.  Recently a number of studies showed that living in poverty itself, with all else controlled for, results in defacto a 10 point drop in IQ. I believe it because I have myself, before poverty and now, as a test case.

    The poor often self-medicate. Why the need to should be discussed.

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