This article provides a stark description of the socioeconomic aspects of smoking and nicotine addiction. While rates of smoking in the US has plummeted, the actual rate varies widely by socioeconomic levels. The majority of today’s smokers took up the habit after the dangers of tobacco use were clear, and warning abounded. A choice for some became an addiction, as well as an expensive habit. Even at the $5.00 per pack cited in the article as the price in Clay County, this adds up to $150.00 per month for a pack a day smoker – a considerable expense for those with limited income and prospects.