Not really a surprise, income inequality and life expectancy are related. From WAPO.
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Cigarettes made the US government $8.5 billion in 2009 notwithstanding the various state taxes also excised. Interestingly, although revenues have increased enormously, smoking rates have been declining steadily since 1980. Click through for details on alcohol, firearms, and gasoline.
The average life expectancy for white Americans with only a high school education has fallen precipitously since 1990. It fell five years to 73.5 years for women and three years to 67.5. College educated women have a life expectancy of 80.9, a full decade past their less-educated counterparts. College educated men live 80.4 years, nearly thirteen years longer then high school educated white men.
–From The New York Times
According to the CDC, data on obesity trends shows that at least 20% of the citizens of every state in America are obese. Overall, more than a third (35.7%) of all Americans are obese. By contrast, in 1990, most states had an obesity rate of 10% or lower. These rates are highly problematic. Indeed, the World Health Organization classified obesity as an official epidemic in 1997. These two graphs show the sudden and stunning rise in the overweight population.