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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. MichelleVL

    MichelleVL Senior Contributor

    Yes I do agree that a lot of people will reconsider if to continue smoking or to quit, with the cigarette prices on the rise. I think that sadly most people won't though. They'll find a way to just cut corners and will stop buying anything else that they might consider unimportant in their lives, in order to continue to afford cigarettes.
  2. rEEzytheKiD

    rEEzytheKiD Active Contributor

    It's sad to think that important expenses could be pushed aside to make way for more expensive CIG prices. That's how addictive they are. I've found myself torn between smokes and food before.
  3. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    It has had it's results, you see less and less people smoking. The increase in price along with the fact that it's not as socially acceptable as it once was has proved to have positive results.
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  4. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    I really hope so for their own good. It is really a nasty and unhealthy habit. Not to mention the money consuming problems. The last one is the topic here and I know for sure that in Serbia people would still buy cigarettes in the beginning abut later on they couldn't because of the pay check which is extremely low. If the cheapest pack would cost 5 Euros I believe that in few months numbers would change dramatically.
  5. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    I think it'll make them consider quitting, but sadly many won't. And they keep raising the price because the demand is so great. I don't know why people start cigarettes in the first place.
  6. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    There are multiple reasons for people starting but the best way to quit is to never start. The really tough anti-tobacco laws haven't been put into place in most countries (not smoking in public) once these are put into place I think the amount of people taken it up will diminish.
  7. MichelleVL

    MichelleVL Senior Contributor

    I think though that we are seeing less people smoking, not because of the pricing but because it's being prohibited in more and more places, and because of as you mentioned, it's becoming less socially acceptable. Yes price does affect the consumption of cigarettes, but I think it is affected more because of society and the prohibition of it in so many places. Some people are practically hiding now days in order to be able to smoke, and then they will ladder themselves up in hand sanitizers, hand creams and chew a bunch of gum for fear of being judged because they smoke cigarettes. The more uncool cigarettes becomes, the less people will smoke.
  8. Okaviator

    Okaviator Senior Contributor

    Smoking is an addiction, so whether prices go up or down people will always find a way to get the money to buy cigarettes. From previous experience I would even choose cigarettes instead of buying food.
  9. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    That will force them to dig deeper into their pockets! I don't think that an addict can stop smoking because of the rocketing prices. Most will consider to stop buying other essential goods as long as they buy cigarettes.
  10. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    I don't know about that there have been many people that have quit smoking recently so I think that there will always be those that smoke but many will stop.
  11. Oguh

    Oguh Member

    I mean at some point I guess you will have to stop if it becomes that expensive. But I've read that nicotine is the most addictive substance there is and we know what people are ready to do to get other really expensives drugs... I don't think I would like to see that.
  12. thash1979

    thash1979 Active Contributor

    I think people will find the money to buy cigarettes no matter what the cost is of them. They will budget and pull money from groceries, rent or decide to even stop paying car insurance just to get a pack to smoke. The only thing that may curb the selling of cigarettes would be the legalization of marijuana. Right now, the only real legal thing to smoke and get a so called "high" from is cigarettes. If the federal government decides to legalize marijuana, and then make available the sell of it in smoke shops, groceries, and gas stations like they do cigarettes, then I think people would maybe chose a different option to supply their addiction. The government will still be making their money from taxing it, and they will still have people hooked on something that they supply.
  13. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Obviously the companies are making big profits and all of this. Kind of taking advantage of addiction. Maybe they can justify it like the cost of everything else goes up. A lot of people quit because of the price. Doesn't make any sense to continue to pay to slowly kill yourself really.
    Some people around here buy I think in Pennsylvania here and sell them to people. I guess they buy cartons sell them or by the pack. It's cheaper there than in NY. Maybe by now it's more.
    Most smokers seem to just keep going with it. I don't think it will affect them unless they don't make that much money. But you see it suppresses the appetite so they'll probably just spend less on food. Kind of a viscous cycle for people like this.
  14. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    This is very true no one wants to be branded as the smoker anymore and will find interesting ways to hide this fact. The best way to see if our society will become smoke free is to look at what the younger generations are doing and how they see smoking.
  15. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    The addictive nature of cigarettes make it very difficult for many persons to stop smoking it, therefore, it will be a rarity that increase in the price of this commodity would cause many persons to give up smoking. Some people would even be willing to share cigarettes in order to continue the smoking habit.
  16. akiram13

    akiram13 Community Champion

    Drugs cost alot but it doesnt stop people from doing it or finding it. The owners know this. If evwr the rates go down so will the prices so they can get more people hooked. When a ton of people are dependent on tobacco they will raise it up again. They are sharks preying on peoples addictions to make a buck.
  17. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    There are different ways of consuming tobacco, but the price increase has had a strong impact on smokers and many are looking for alternatives. I think eventually there will be less and less smokers.
  18. JadeVengeance

    JadeVengeance Active Contributor

    It would affect me but I bought myself a vape so I do not smoke a single cigarette now.
    Since smoking is an addiction, people will smoke cheap ccigarettes, expensive ones or if they are really bothered, they will stop.
  19. SashaS

    SashaS Community Champion

    In my opinion, those who earn below average salary/wage will eventually have to quit or at least cut down. After serious debt, some smokers may come to their senses and realize it's not worth it.

    I know it's not easy quitting and I'm sure many will resort to either illegal products or hopefully vaporizers. It is a good question though and a debatable one no less. I know many people will most likely go to extremes to carry on smoking. The problem is many people may resort to crime, e.g stealing to get what they need. This is something the local authorities must make sure does not happen. It's also more money for cigarette companies, which means their employees might make more money and that's the sad part.

    Every time the price increases, the consumer loses and the manufacturer wins.
  20. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    I doubt that people will quick because of a price increase. I feel this way because habits are something that our bodies really crave. People will go out the way to continue to support their habit. I am guilty of this when I am low on money and want coffee. I will put back a food item, just to get my coffee. I feel that when a person is really tired of their habit they will quit. I feel that is the key motivation.