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.
- Two-thirds of American smokers in families making under $50,000 felt the impact the most.
- Teen smokers dropped by about 13 percent when the tax hike took effect.
- Hispanics and senior citizens had the most drastic decline in tobacco use – down more than 15 percent from 2008.
- More women quit than men.
- Middle-aged men were barely affected – down just 1.2 percent.
- Approximately 1 million adult Medicaid subscribers quit smoking.
- Tobacco spending increased from $80 billion in 2008 to $98 billion in 2011 – even with overall tobacco purchases falling by 11 percent.