Tobacco Trends by Anthony Barton

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Tobacco Trends by Anthony Barton

In the late 1970’s, when I was becoming a teenager, I can recall, my dad giving me money to walk to the corner gas station to buy him a pack of cigarettes. Of course, this was before there were any age restrictions on buying tobacco products. Things are different now. In know way would that happen in today’s society.

In 1966 the Surgeon General has required the tobacco companies to put health warnings on the packs of cigarettes. In 1987, they went on to include all oral tobacco products, such as chew. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration announced new prominent, larger and colorful health warnings. Also, included on the health warnings, is a smoking hotline number to call. (

In 1971, the Federal Government banned the advertisement of cigarettes over the radio and television. Since the ban has been in place, some states have come up with there own anti smoking messages. They can be found on such places as billboards, and radio announcements and television commercials. Tobacco companies have also come up with there own anti smoking messages. Or, that’s what they appear to be. But, they actually encourage you the consumer to be more tolerant towards the tobacco companies. (
In 2009, a new bill was introduced called the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. In late October this bill became law. The law gives the Food and Drug Administration the control to regulate all tobacco products and marketing strategies in the United States. One of the goals of this law was the restriction of marketing and advertising of tobacco and tobacco related products. Ads that contained color, characters, and displays for stores were no longer allowed and considered illegal. Only ads that contained black and white text were allowed. Then in 2010, tobacco companies had restrictions on where they could market their product. They were no longer allowed to advertise tobacco products within 1000 ft. of any school or playground. (

Taxes have increased in almost every state on tobacco related products over the years. The increased cost has shown to discourage to not to start smoking and to encourage current smokers to quit. As of 2011, the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes is $1.01 per pack. Then you add in the state taxes, which can vary from state to state. In the state of Missouri the state tax on a pack if cigarettes, is .17 cents. However, in New York it is $4.35 per pack. (

Now that the toxic health effects of smoking are known. The laws have become stricter around the United States and the World. Cigarette smoking is the number 1 preventable cause of death and disease around the world. People who smoke account for 193 billion dollars in healthcare costs and loss of productivity from work. That’s an average of $4,000 per adult smoker. (American Lung

All 50 states in the Union have laws that either restrict or ban smoking in certain public places. Laws can range from simple restrictions, such as, designated smoking areas in restaurants or areas designated outside, to laws that have banned all smoking in what are considered public places. Such as Medical Centers, schools, even parks. All federal buildings across the country are now required to be smoke free. (American Lung

Eventually, I believe that, there will be either no place for anyone to smoke or that the taxes will be so high, then people won’t have a choice but, to quit smoking.

Works Cited
American Lung N.p, n.d. Web. 10 Apr 2012. <>. N.p, 21 November 2011. Web. 10 April 2012.


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