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School education programs, for example, don’t appear to be very effective, most likely because schools are difficult places to change social norms and it is hard to do the programs well given all the other demands in the school day, he says. But educating people about the tobacco industry’s marketing efforts can have a big impact. “We now have empirical evidence that people who don’t like the tobacco industry are about five times as likely to quit, and a third to a fifth as likely to start,” he says.
Dr. Richard Hurt, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he directs the Nicotine Dependence Center, says that two public policies have had significant effects on smoking cessation: increasing the price of cigarettes and creating smoke-free workplaces. “They reduce the number of cigarettes that people are smoking, usually between three and five cigarettes less per day for heavier smokers,” he says, and “increase the chances of a smoker stopping smoking.” Since children can’t as easily afford cigarettes and don’t see smoking as the norm when it is banned in so many public places, these policies also “decrease the chances of your child or grandchild ever starting to smoke,” he says.
“People smoking less is a really important part of the story,” says Dr. Glantz. “The overall pattern we’re seeing, both nationally and in places like California,” where the prevalence of smoking is now down to 12 percent, “is as smoking goes down, the remaining smokers are becoming lighter smokers, intermittent smokers, or not even smoking every day. And as you smoke less and less, it becomes easier to quit.”
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Odd how tobacco companies are denied freedom of speech yet alcohol companies have their ads everywhere and Congress gets all the money they want because it's "protected speech". FFS there is no consistency in their overbearing ways
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: greencmp
So what you are saying is that everything inspires pushback. I think I see your point. So what do you think? Do you think it is a bad thing to discourage use of cigarettes? How are people going to know the dangers if no one tells them? Do you think that they will go out and just look them up themselves?
So if what you say is true. Then why is cigarette use at an all time low? There have to be further reasons getting people to quit. Here's an article that not only addresses your point but goes further and addresses what works.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Just imagine the social implications if alcohol was viewed like cigarettes/tobacco. Imagine all the domestic violence that would go bye-bye and DUI's/car accidents. Imagine how much lost productivity would be regained from employees not calling in sick with "Scotch flu".
It baffles me that alcohol is such a potent drug, yet we're practically encouraged at every turn to drink it -- from commercials to placement in television and movies. Fifty years ago cigarettes were like this, but slowly over the decades people have dropped the habit.
I wonder if we can do the same with booze? It's not like we live in the middle ages and the water isn't safe to drink in our industrialized countries. We don't need to worry about dying of dysentery -- which was a big reason people drank beverages with alcohol in them.