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If the price continues to rise, do you think more people will quit?

Discussion in 'Tobacco / Nicotine' started by FuZyOn, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    I don't think they will necessarily stop smoking, probably it will be lessened because of the price. I came from a third world country and even the poorest people smoke cigarettes. I really don't know if we do have a black market for cigarettes here. Maybe there is, as everything has a black market anyway. If the government can increase cigarette price and then remove the black market, then maybe smokers will have to lessen their cigarette smoking.
  2. moreno58

    moreno58 Active Contributor

    I don't think that very many will stop smoking even though the price of cigarettes are getting so high. They might smoke less, and some might even quit, but the majority will keep smoking I think. Some might change to a cheaper brand as well.
  3. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I bet people would quit if cigarettes were $100 a pack. Maybe that's the answer! ;)
  4. Jamesbonner

    Jamesbonner Active Contributor

    I don't really think that price will oblige people to quit smoking, it will make them smoke less that's all, in my country a package of cigarettes 'Marlboro' was for 150 DZD, the it becomes 180 DZD and now its 220 DZD in one year ! and people still smoke without any problems, also it's a good occasion for other brands to sell more (cheap cigarettes brands)
  5. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    Definitely! Sadly, everything is a business - the government surely loves the tax money they make off of alcohol, cigarettes etc.
    Now that I think about it, they most likely keep a balance between salaries and the prices, so that everyone can benefit (mostly them, but meh).
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  6. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    I think it will make the few social smokers quit, though.
  7. rapido

    rapido Member

    Making cigarettes more expensive can never discourage a smoker from puffing away. Just like other addictive substances, the more expensive the habit becomes, the more the smoker will look for ways and means to satisfy the habit.
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  8. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    Yes, just like some PUV drivers here in our country. I bet their daily income is not even enough to feed their family but they still smoke cigarettes. So my guess is that they don't eat properly the whole day to spend the saved money on cigarettes. Which is bad for their overall health, they're not only damaging their lungs but also their stomachs.
  9. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I doubt that the price will make people quit smoking. Even tho cigarettes are expensive people are still buying them. Money isn't a issue when people want some cigarettes, or they'll just bum them if they can. Whatever is in cigarettes is meant to be addictive. People who make cigarettes have been in business for along time, and they feel confident enough to raise the prices of them. There may be some people who will stop, but unfortunately not enough to put these companies out of business.
  10. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    The government are definitely trying to keep a balance, but right now there are people who struggle to pay rent due to their addictions (cigarettes, alcohol etc.) and they're not a minority. Maybe that will send them off the edge and they'll quit.
  11. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    Don't kid yourself. Sin taxes are solely about revenue and don't let anyone convince you otherwise. If money on it's own was enough to make people quit there wouldn't be people stealing to support addictions. Smoking is just as addictive as any of the unlawful drugs.
  12. luckylefty

    luckylefty Member

    I don't believe price increases have much impact on the majority of smokers. Smokers will switch to a cheaper brand, try to cut down or skip out on a "luxury" expense in favor of buying their tobacco, but they won't quit. Until they are sick and/or tired of smoking (many times, not even when they are sick) for their own personal reasons, they will just keep spending the money as people always have. Many smokers budget it into their financial expenses, as it is something that will always cost them money, like any other bill. After awhile, you get used to paying the prices.
  13. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    With the price of cigarettes increasing, more and more people are trying to quit, and that's why ecigs and other smoking alternatives have seen a sharp increase in sales.

    For a minority of people, they will smoke no matter how much they go up, but the price is definitely putting people off starting in the first place I would have thought.
  14. dechantajones

    dechantajones Active Contributor

    The price of cigarettes is already to high for me which is why I have been trying to quit. I will sometimes smoke generic cigarettes because I cant afford to buy my usual brand but the cheapest pack is about $8, which is still very high. I quit cold turkey about ten years ago and didn't smoke for a year. I really hope I am able to do it again, especially since the price of cigarettes will more then likely continue to climb.
  15. Mims

    Mims Active Contributor

    Sadly no. Even if prices did rise, those with jobs and the means to buy a quick pack will continue to do so. I think if you're addicted enough to nicotine, (I'm mainly talking about the 1+ packs a day smokers) then financial troubles will make the habit harder to sustain, but not break it.

    I've known from my own experience and that of others that we will usually sacrifice our other needs to get that next puff. If you had six dollars left for cigs and food, it's all to common to buy a cheap pack and spend the rest on a pop tart or something similar. Higher prices may be beneficial for the people who struggle to buy one pack, and maybe it will cut their supply and make quitting easier, but for the rest, I don't think it will have an effect.
  16. Ali16

    Ali16 Senior Contributor

    I doubt it. Addicts will find money for their addiction no matter how high the price is. Look at the addicts who spend hundreds of dollars a day on their drug of choice. My mom is on social security and pension, she doesn't have much money coming in, but she always makes sure there is money for her cigerettes.
  17. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    Cigarettes are pretty cheap over here, there are expensive and cheap brands, so even poor people can smoke because they can buy it per piece too. I think that if a person is already addicted to cigarettes then it would not deter him from buying if the price is expensive, either he will save to buy a pack or buy it per piece.
  18. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    The problem us, the cigarettes will never be so expensive as to stop everyone from smoking, because like whatsoever already been said, the government makes to much tax from them, and so it's in the governments best interest for people to smoke.
  19. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    I don't think so that if the price of cigarette will rise people will quit. My husband last December 2014 said to me that he will stop smoking already because starting January 2015 the price of cigarette will rise here in our country. And I was so happy to hear that at that time. And yes it is true that there is a price increased but still he broke again his promise because he is still smoking up to now but he already lessened not unlike before..
  20. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    And also I think that as long there are those that are manufacturing and selling cigarettes the people will not quit.