Health officials, nonprofits need to do more to curb smoking rates among certain groups

ash tray with cigarettesBy American Heart Association News

Melvin Stubbs knows smoking cigarettes could give him heart disease, lung cancer or kill him. He said his habit hurts his wife and parents, who often urge him to quit.

“That’s one thing I struggle with on a daily basis,” said Stubbs, 38, a smoker for almost two decades. “You know if you don’t stop how many loved ones will be upset if something happened to you.”

The retail manager from Memphis, Tennessee is among the estimated 38 million American adults who smoke cigarettes because they’ve tried to quit but couldn’t, because they enjoy it or because they are trying it for the first time.

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