Number Of Smokers in US Decreasing
One of my best friends is a smoker. I'll be honest with you. I hate it. Not just that my friend smokes, but I hate that people smoke in general.
I hate the smell of it. I hate how it can ruin "clean air" when you're outside. I hate how smokers think the world is their ashtray; tossing butts out the window of their car, on the sidewalk, on the grass, etc.
Most of all, I hate the idea that my best friend is killing himself. But maybe there's hope.
A new study found that the number of smokers is declining; especially teens, lower class and welfare recipients. The reason? Higher taxes.
President Obama signed into law a large increase in the federal cigarette tax; up from $0.39 to $1.01 per pack. That increase was supposed to help further the development and growth of children’s health care. But it also forced a lot of people to give up smoking...
Reports from the CDC indicate that the federal tax increase is responsible for the highest reduction of tobacco use in recorded history – down nearly 19 percent in 2011.