Smokers decreasing packs a day, annual Gallup poll finds

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  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 3:57 a.m.

    It's more likely the price to smoke than the national ad campaigns. Now if we could only sue the big booze makers and use those funds in nationwide campaigns to stop drinking (and driving). We could solve that problem too by increasing the tax on these items 100%. And making a 1st offense a 2 year probation. And a 2nd offense life without a drivers license. Other countries do it. Why can't we face up to the fact that Americans have a drinking problem.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    I drive a UTA bus. I watch people smoke right until time to board the bus. Then they throw their butts on the ground. Many blatantly ignore no somoking signs at bus stops and smoke their anyway. Some board the bus with unlit cigarettes in their mouth. I have never understood smoking or why it appeals to anybody. I wish the government would buy the tobacco farmers out. The land could be better utilized to grow grains or other nutritious foods. The tobacco industry is nothing more than a criminal enterprise that produces a defective product.

  • namfan Layton, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    There are two other reasons for the smoking decline, but oddly neither are listed in this story. The first is the ever increasing price per pack, and the second being the numerous laws that make smoking illegal in just about any location except your house or your car.

    How are these two reasons overlooked? The reason was cited as user education about the ills of smoking. I'm 40 yrs old and I've known my entire life that smoking is bad for you.

    If hamburgers increased in price at the same levels as tobacco products, we'd probably be paying $40 for a double double at In 'n Out. Would the reason be cited as eaters avoiding high cholesterol?

  • Glen in the Bronx Bronx, NY
    Sept. 16, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    Jack the price of cigarettes up to $12.50 per pack (like in NYC) and that will do wonders for that 88% who wish they could quit.