I came across this article on the Boston Globe today:
Cigarette sales have been declining at a steady clip in recent years, but cheaper forms of tobacco have become more popular at the same time.In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Gregory N. Connolly and Hillel R. Alpert of the Harvard School of Public Health write that the 3.7 billion pack, or 18 percent, drop in cigarette sales from 2000 to 2007 may have been offset by an uptick in sales of small cigars, roll-your-own tobacco, and moist snuff equivalent to about 30 percent of the decrease in cigarette sales. Sales of large cigars also grew 37 percent.
Eileen M. Sullivan, director of policy and planning at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control Program, said state health experts have been concerned about sales of little cigars for less money than cigarettes.
“These products are just as dangerous as cigarettes,” she said.
I guess weâ€™ve known this for quite sometime, havenâ€™t we? Well, at least those people who have been paying attention. We all know how high the prices of cigarettes have gone up in the past years. Tobacco, on the other hand has not really suffered all that much. My worry is that when some sectors in the government find themselves idle without anything to do, they just might find ways to make tobacco just as expensive as cigarettes. If that happens, what next?
Oh another note â€“ the excerpt above ended with something about cigars being just as dangerous as cigarettes. Maybe so, if you inhale the smoke. Now how many people do you know inhale their cigar smoke?
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