Tobacco Is Not A Luxury

In Local News, State News on April 21, 2009 at 8:21 am


I’ve heard many people say they want to quit smoking now that the price of cigarettes has gone up. A few have commented that the government is trying to tax “all the luxuries” so that common folks have no chance of enjoying them. What they don’t realize is that cigarettes are not really a luxury. Most people who smoke are in the lowest income brackets.

What we see on TV and in movies is very misleading in this respect. There, smoking is portrayed as a luxury. But very few well-to-do people smoke any more because they know the dangers to their health. Many are also ticked that the tobacco companies are using an addictive product to take advantage of people.

Another person told me last week that everyone they know smokes. They almost didn’t believe me when I told them that only 24% of Hoosiers smoke. But, the number of smokers you know depends on the circles in which you run.


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