Editor's Note: Gallup re-estimated its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and Life Evaluation Index data from January 2008 to April 2009 to address context effects that Gallup discovered after the data were originally published.
The 62-cent increase in federal cigarette taxes taking effect Wednesday is nearly three times as likely to affect low-income Americans as it is to affect high-income Americans. That’s because 34% of the lowest-income Americans smoke, compared with only 13% of those earning $90,000 or more per year.
Most Americans would likely agree in principle with efforts by multibillionaires Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg to reduce smoking worldwide, as 82% consider smoking very harmful.
The majority of Americans say the fact that a person smokes or is significantly overweight does not affect their opinion of that person, although 40% say they have a more negative opinion of smokers, and 29% have a more negative opinion of someone who is significantly overweight.
Communities that invest in bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit have more success in key aspects of well-being.
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