In 2014, about twice as many people without health insurance or Medicaid were smoking, compared to those who had health coverage. These people are also more likely to have the lowest incomes, Leischow said, noting that if they were to come down with lung disease, heart disease, or some type of cancer, they’d be least able to afford it.
What’s worse is that “many times these individuals end up being diagnosed with smoking-related illnesses later down the line, when things have progressed more than they would” among people who are covered, Hoover said. In other words, it’s the goddamn apocalypse of situations.
Thankfully, Obamacare has given many of these people health coverage that includes programs for quitting smoking, Leischow said. “If they do get insurance, the law says that they have to be offered smoking cessation treatment at no cost… and that includes not just behavioral treatments but medications, too.”