Tobacco use across the country continues to decline, but in states across the south and midwest, progress is slow. The Trump administration and new congress has tobacco interests and anti-smoking groups watching closely.
Despite years of steady declines in smoking nationwide, more than half a million people die every year in the US from smoking related injuries.
David Dobbins, COO of the Truth Initiative says, "It's poor people and people without high education who are smoking now... If you live in a poor area you're 30 percent more likely to be a smoker."
New food and drug administration rules set going into effect next year could have a big impact on tobacco use in the country.
The Trump administration delayed implementation of the new FDA rules and says it will change them. Meanwhile, e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies are pushing for the ability to label their products as safer than smoking.
Observers on both sides say it's too early to tell which direction the new administration will go. Dobbins says he expects a "vicious fight" going forward. "The tobacco companies are doing their best to keep people hooked as long as they can."
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