It’s one of
America’s oldest and most popular pastimes: smoking. It has been popularized by
movie stars, athletes, soldiers and a certain cartoon camel who was at one time
more recognizable to children than Mickey Mouse. However, experts are
predicting that this dirty habit might soon go up in smoke.
If you read the
writing on the wall, we’re already headed in that direction culturally. But,
it’s not just outside analysts foreseeing the demise of these addictive little
tobacco cylinders—even national health officials are speaking out on the
matter. As one of the premiere e cigarette providers, we’re always fascinated by
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The great American
cigarette – we hardly knew you
There is no question
that smoking is in decline. The real question is, what’s the cause? Are people
getting savvier about the life-threatening health risks, or are the authorities
just making it increasingly difficult for smokers to light up?
The answer, is both.
The cost of cigarettes has more than tripled over the past 20 years, almost all
major restaurants and public establishments have banned smoking throughout much
of the country, and statistics show that smoking is just no longer as socially
acceptable as it once was. On top of all that, just recently, CVS Pharmacy
announced that it would stop selling cigarettes altogether.
Surgeon General Boris Lushniak recently released a 980-page report on smoking,
calling for even tighter restrictions than those that have already been
unveiled in recent years.
“I can’t accept that
we’re just allowing these numbers to trickle down,” said Lushniak in a recent
interview with the AP. “We believe we have the public health tools to get us to
the zero level.”
A smoke-free future
So, when can we
expect the smoke to clear? The experts are a lot more divided on this matter.
The FDA has been dragging its heels on proposed anti-smoking legislation and
almost one in five Americans still enjoys the soothing sensation of a gentle
puff. While Lushniak wants to see the number of smokers drop to zero over the
next few years, other experts are offering more conservative estimates.
For instance, public
health professor Kenneth Warner, of the University of Michigan, estimates that
the smoking rate will drop from 18 percent of the population to 12 percent by