It’s true smoking is becoming less acceptable in modern society, but the tobacco industry is finding it’s ways around that by making other tobacco products cheaper and more available. This includes the promotion of roll your own products as well as buying cigarette cartons direct from the factory. This is especially true in the United Kingdom where regulations on tobacco are more lax than in America.
These efforts by Big Tobacco are less concerned with getting new tobacco users as they are with digging their addictive claws deeper into existing users. Certainly cheaper tobacco products provide an easier introduction to smoking but Big Tobacco is more interested in the long term support provided by addicted smokers. Many smokers have discovered they can maintain their habit by simply switching brands, with some brands comparable in cost cigarettes at the 2002 average.
As the budget of the average smoker in the UK declines tobacco companies are compensating by providing a wider range of brands and costs. The United States has help to demonstrate by increasing tobacco price as one of the best deterrents to reduce smoking. Always thinking long term profits Big Tobacco has countered by an increase in availability of cheaper products in conventional stores to thwart public health campaigns.
Knowing smoking rates are significantly higher among poorer communities, disadvantaged smokers are more likely to use cheap tobacco. The availability of cheap cigarettes could also be contributing to the widening socio-economic disparities associated with smoking.
All The More Reason To Quit Smoking
The reasons to quit smoking are many with health and money being the most common. In the light of this information there is also a more socially conscious reason. Every cigarette represents a loss of income from the poor to the over privileged tobacco industry. Tobacco use also acts as a devious way to redirect control from the poor to the rich. The only real solution to this is to make quitting smoking a social movement of, by and for the economic underclass.
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