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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. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    People by all means will buy cigarettes even it is their last money just to satisfy their urge and need to smoke. And I do knew some people who are smokers who had this attitude.
  2. Rowe992

    Rowe992 Senior Contributor

    I don't think the raising price will result in less smokers. The hike in prices will actually lead to the blackmarket growing and the use of unregulated cigarettes will become more common.
  3. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Apparently to avoid spending too much money on cigarettes a number of smokers now grow tobacco. I suppose as the prices are raised, more and more people will start growing tobacco which still is as bad the cigarettes which the government wants to discourage people from smoking. Should the prices go too high then even though few people will be buying cigarettes most of them would still be smoking home-made cigarettes made from tobacco leaves they harvest and cure.
  4. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I don't think so, my fiance is already spending a lot of money on cigarettes every month, this hasn't stopped him, even though he doesn't have a lot money left at the end of the month D: Rather scary if you think about it, but this is an addiction like any other.
  5. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    There will always be those that will smoke, what ever the price may be, but the price increases has certainly had results. More and more people are stopping smoking and it's not only based on health reasons.
  6. nick92

    nick92 Member

    Yes, I believe that many people will eventually quit smoking or smoke less once they realize that they cannot afford to smoke that much anymore. Also, I think this is a good thing. Many people I know including close relatives of mine smoke a lot simply because they afford it. Once they realize that they are spending a small fortune on cigarettes every year, they will eventually quit.
  7. I don't even see this as a possibility for most smokers. What I see is this: Smokers going beyond the call of duty to get the money that they need to buy the higher-priced cigarettes. I think this will likely be the outcome because smoking for most people is an addiction. Price alone isn't going to be a sufficient deterrent.
  8. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    Yeah, but I wonder what's the limit that they're willing to get to. I don't think people would smoke anymore if a pack of cigarettes would cost $50, at least not the ones living paycheck to paycheck. Of course, that's not ever gonna happen.
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  9. bleblanc10

    bleblanc10 Senior Contributor

    Addiction is too powerful in my mind for the people to be affected by a price raise.
  10. $50 would definitely be too high of a price, so if that ever happened, I'm sure smokers would find another way to get them before considering giving them up for good. Let's hope the price doesn't get too ridiculous because that other way of getting them may be the illegal way -- stealing them or the money to buy them.
  11. peetbernadis

    peetbernadis Active Contributor

    When I look at some people, I tend to think that there's no price tag on addiction, because they just seem to keep on and on and..... My mother-in-law is like that. Smoking cigarette after cigarette, with a cup of coffee in between, from morning till evening. And already she's having difficulty with her breathing, but quit? Never!
  12. That's unfortunately, but if there's only one truism, it's definitely this: Addicts are less likely to change until they have hit their rock bottom. Hopefully, your loved one will be an exception and seek counseling or some form of help before things get out of hand.
  13. GenaJade

    GenaJade Member

    I may catch some slack for this, but I personally believe that no matter the cost, people will continue to buy cigarettes. They are in fact, a drug, and like any drug, you will do whatever it takes to get it. I mean, sure I know people aren't robbing their family members for smokes, but I do believe people will still buy them no matter how much the price rises. Vape cigarettes seem to be the newest hit thing as well and from what I can tell, it is getting out of hand. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of designs and flavors, so wouldn't this become an addiction as well?
  14. jeulyanna

    jeulyanna Member

    For cigarette smoking hardliners, raising the price can't put them to beat the addiction. Even if we spend our lifetime telling them cigarette smoking kills, the nicotine in their system still rules.
  15. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    Some of the people will continue to smoke, some of them will search for alternatives, such as buying low quality stuff from the third world countries the smugglers bring in every time.

    From one point of view, I am really happy people are wasting their money on booze and cigarettes, because it means they will have less money for what really matters in life, which will give me a fair advantage in front of them. However, looking it's a big picture, it's sad that this kind of things happen.
  16. I am pretty sure addicts never mind the price raise, as they can't give up on it. Even if they double the prices overnight, I won't be surprised if there wouldn't be an impact. What this shows is that these companies understand their customers more than any other company. They are very sure that their loyal customers will come to them even if they overprice their products. So I am positive that this change would impact their profits in a positive direction. People who chew Tobacco or smoke cigarette are never concerned about the price they pay for it.
  17. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I think for some it will be enough to make them quit. They just don't have the means to keep up the addiction. For others they will find other means even if it is illegal. A smoke is a smoke to them. It all depends on the person and situation.
  18. cpinatsi

    cpinatsi Senior Contributor

    I wish this was true, but I don't really think that someone that is addicted to smoking wiill ever quit just because the prices have gone up. That would be a good trick to force people in a way to stop smoking but that is not gonna happen.
  19. rEEzytheKiD

    rEEzytheKiD Active Contributor

    I think because everything is getting more expensive people won't care that cigs have gone up. Here in Philly it's only $2 more so we're at about $8-10 for the top brands. People don't mind spending $10 on something especially if it's something of habit. Maybe they'll smoke less but they won't quit because of the price.
  20. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    I don't think people will stop smoking/drinking of the price goes up. People will continue to smoke/drink, but in order to manage the cost of high priced alcohol/cigarette they will cut of expenses on necessary items.