Posted by AES Web Team on May 11, 2014
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 stories like these and we can’t say that we’re surprised either.
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.
Furthermore, U.S. 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 2050.