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Increased price of tobacco

Discussion in 'Tobacco / Nicotine' started by Joethefirst, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    Most countries have tried to combat the consumption of tobacco by increasing the taxes on the various tobacco products. We often hear people complaining about another sever increase in price. Do you think that it has made more people stop smoking?
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  2. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    People who need to smoke will find a way. In some cases stores who notice a drop in sales will start selling single cigarettes. If smoking becomes an addiction the price will rarely make someone quit. I do think the price of cigarettes are way too high these days tho. The best way to quit is to want to stop on your own.
  3. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Increasing tobacco prices acts as a deterrent to teenagers and people who don't earn much. Either they'll be forced to cut down on the cigarettes or they might opt to quit smoking. However raising the taxes too high could prove to be counterproductive because it's relatively easy to buy anything online these days.
  4. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Increasing the price is one deterrent that seems to work, especially if a person has never tried smoking, the price will definitely out you off.

    For people that already smoke, while it might help them cut down, because the price is so high there's a danger they will cut out other essential items in their life, just so they can still buy cigarettes.
  5. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    That will be effective if there are no cheaper cigarettes alternatives. Just like here, even the prices of famous cigarette brands, there are still some brands that are affordable. Which is not a good thing since they can just switch brand in order to smoke.
  6. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    I think it's had an effect on some people. I do know a couple of people who gave up because of rising prices, or rather, it had an influence on them giving up. Obviously, there were other reasons too. However, most people have either just cut down to save on the money, switched to a cheaper brand or have turned to e-cigarettes.
  7. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Single cigarettes are now illegal around here so you have to buy a whole pack or nothing at all. They are very expensive running at $10 for a pack at some stores. If you were a pack a day smoker then that is about $300 per month. I have better things to spend that kind of money on.
  8. Mims

    Mims Active Contributor

    This has been discussed before, but I don't believe it will impact regular smokers. The increased prices will deter people who are newer smokers, such as teens or people who smoke socially. In their case, full blown addiction probably hasn't set in yet, so they will stray away because of the expensive prices.

    The prices in my area have increased, yet all the 1+ pack a day smokers I know aren't affected by it. It is bothersome to shell out another dollar to get a pack, but we usually sacrifice things to feed our cravings, so we find ways to still get more cigarettes.
  9. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Most brands cost a little more than that here in the UK. It's also illegal for retailers to sell singular cigarettes individually here but what's strange about that is that they are still allowed to sell individual cigars! That doesn't make any sense to me. I know that there have been times in my life when I didn't have enough money for cigarettes or even rolling tobacco so I bought a single cigar.
  10. sillylucy

    sillylucy Community Champion

    The price of tobacco is so high that I know a lot of smokers who are turning to marijuana. They say that at least they get a buzz out of it. How do they function? I can't even work when I am sober!
  11. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    I've never heard of this before and find it a bit surprising. Most marijuana smokers mix tobacco with marijuana, but isn't marijuana more expensive than tobacco?
  12. irishrose

    irishrose Community Champion

    Raising the price of cigarettes may inhibit people who have lower incomes from buying them, however, I do not think it will have an effect on people who can still afford them. I do not see anything wrong with raising the price of cigarettes, especially as they are known to contain carcinogens.

    It is difficult for me to understand why people pay for the possibility of getting cancer. After seeing so many people close to me suffer and some die from smoking-related cancers, I wonder if some smokers really think about all of those people who just wished they could have lived for one more day?
  13. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    Unfortunately addictions always defy logic what ever the addiction may be. Every smoker knows that cigarette are detrimental to their health but to take that finally step and stop smoking takes some time. The ideal is to never start.
  14. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    No I don't. It might slow some people down. I see the increase as a way for more revenue. Basically what goes on is where ever there is a demand the cost goes up. It happens with a lot of things.