The New Anti-Smoking Plan: Sounds Good. But Is It?
Is it smoking traditional cigarettes, i.e. drawing smoke from burning tobacco into your lungs?
Is it ingesting nicotine, by whatever means?
Is it being manipulated by the tobacco industry, in their ongoing attempt to design, advertise, and sell products to keep you using tobacco in one form or another?
The answer is that it’s kind of all three. In trying to navigate the answers to the questions above, and the weight to be accorded each of the goals that the FDA is taking on, the whole controversy over these different concerns has come to the fore.
Cigarettes? Or 450 Million More Years of Life?
The smoking habit kills 7 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization.
A few weeks ago we published an article on the FDA’s efforts to motivate people to either stop smoking, or at least to use products that claim to be less damaging to the smoker.
But might it be more effective to attack the wallets of people who smoke? Would drastically raising taxes on cigarettes deliver a more tangible – even painful – way to motivate smokers to quit?