WICHITA FALLS, TX -
Texomans living under the national poverty line are feeling trapped by cigarette smoking, finding it harder to quit than those that are not.
A recent federal analysis conducted a sixteen year study showing smokers living under the national poverty line, having the most difficulty with kicking the habit.
A three step smoking cessation like nicotine gum or the patch can cost over $150. It's no wonder residents are choosing to buy a five dollar pack of cigarettes instead of a cessation.
Another reason the impoverished are not quitting is because of their lack of funds to pay a physician or doctor.
Shanna Covington, a Texoman resident and current smoker, said that people from all walks of life are going to feed their addiction.
"If somebody smokes they're gonna smoke," said Covington. "They're gonna find the change or whatever. So it doesn't matter. A habit is a habit."
Covington does not intend on quitting anytime soon.
Eva Pratt, R.N. Clinical Nurse manager at the Community Healthcare Center located in Wichita Falls, said that the best way to avoid the temptation of cigarettes is to just not smoke in the first place.
"I would definitely say don't smoke," said Pratt. "That's the first thing I would say. But for people that do smoke, look for other habits that detour that such as outdoor activities and hanging out with non-smoker."
Texomans looking for help through the Community Healthcare Center are encouraged check out their sliding fee scale which focuses more on residents with a low income.