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Gallup: Smoking rate in U.S. falls, ties all-time low
Deseret News ^ | 8/22/12 | Rachel Lowry

Posted on 08/22/2012 7:54:22 PM PDT by Drango

PRINCETON, N.J. — The number of Americans who smoke has fallen to 20 percent, tying the all-time low first recorded in 2009, according to a new poll by Gallup.

The decline is sharpest among young adults, a signal the overall rate may continue to fall after years of plateauing.

"This is all very good news," said Randall Burt, professor of medicine at the University of Utah and senior director of prevention and outreach and clinical services at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. "Ultimately, less smoking will result in fewer cancer deaths, as well as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and lung diseases. As those diseases decrease in incidents in mortality, there will be fast cost savings for insurance companies and government entities, in terms of Medicare and Medicaid."

Researchers interviewed a random sample of 1,014 adults in the U.S. and the District of Columbia, ages 18 and older. Their findings indicated that smoking rates have been driven significantly lower among young adults. At the advent the 2000s, smoking fell 9 percentage points — from 34 percent in 2001-05 to 25 percent in 2011-12 —among those ages 18 to 29. Smoking remained the same among those 65 and older, declining a mere 5 points among those 30 to 49.

"Young adults are now about as likely to smoke as are those aged 30 to 64," Gallup noted, "whereas earlier in the last decade they exhibited the highest rate of smoking of any age group."

~ Burt remembers a time when smoking used to be preferred and encouraged and cool. Now, he said, it is discouraged everywhere and it is no longer cool to smoke. "The entire public vision of smoking has changed from a positive or neutral one to one that's very negative in every way."

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Burt remembers a time when smoking used to be preferred and encouraged and cool. Now, he said, it is discouraged everywhere and it is no longer cool to smoke. "The entire public vision of smoking has changed from a positive or neutral one to one that's very negative in every way."

GRIN.

The smoking wars are over.

1 posted on 08/22/2012 7:54:26 PM PDT by Drango
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To: Drango

Who ever will we get to pay the taxes now?


2 posted on 08/22/2012 8:00:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

They are going to go after fat people. The path is already being cleared.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 8:04:27 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: penelopesire

That is one of the correct answers.


4 posted on 08/22/2012 8:05:51 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Drango
The smoking wars are over.

Not to worry. Tyrants are ALWAYS looking for ways to destroy liberty.

That's why we need to kill them before they kill us first.

5 posted on 08/22/2012 8:07:07 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Drango
The decline is sharpest among young adults

I live in a 20-unit apartment complex. About 1/3 of the residents are older retired and 2/3 are young singles and couples. The younger residents tend to stay about 6 months to 1 year.

Nearly every new young single or family who have moved in have at least one smoker.

Considering the years of anti-smoking ads and supposed education from the Big Tobacco settlement of 15 years ago, I am surprised at the number of young smokers in this apartment complex.

Apparently, the money from Big Tobacco for anti-smoking didn't work.
6 posted on 08/22/2012 8:09:33 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: mylife

Then they are going to steal everyone’s 401 K’s.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 8:11:13 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: Drango

“Now, he said, it is discouraged everywhere and it is no longer cool to smoke”

Pfff. It’s still cool to smoke, it’s just that the club has gotten that much more exclusive.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 8:12:04 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: penelopesire

You got that right!


9 posted on 08/22/2012 8:14:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TomGuy

My husband and I have never smoked, in our entire lives. (I’m 46, he’s 50.) Our parents were smokers (his still are) and we thought it was gross.

Our 21-year-old daughter smokes. Apparently just about every enlisted person in the Coast Guard smokes. She’s an adult ... just don’t smoke in our house. Fortunately, our 18-year-old son is a musician, and he says smoking and excessive drinking would damage his voice, and he can’t have that.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 8:14:31 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Now for wrath, now for ruin and a red nightfall.)
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To: penelopesire
Then they are going to steal everyone’s 401 K’s.

Don't worry though.

It's for the collective good.

11 posted on 08/22/2012 8:17:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Drango
Good!



That just means there's more for me!
12 posted on 08/22/2012 8:21:30 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: mylife
It's a regressive tax -- poor people pay more. As a result of Obamanomics, there are now more poor people in the US than there have been in the last 50 years! So the tax base should be safe!


13 posted on 08/22/2012 8:25:41 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Tax-chick
No offense, but your son is mistaken. I conduct orchestras and I can tell you that many of the world's leading opera singers smoke.

Besides, all that booze and all those cigarettes didn't seen to hurt these guys' magnificent voices....


14 posted on 08/22/2012 8:27:21 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: Sooth2222

True. Smoking is highly negatively correlated with income. AND education.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 8:28:28 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

Killing off Joe Camel must’ve worked, eh?


16 posted on 08/22/2012 8:31:41 PM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: Drango

Yes, I understand the latest thing that academics praise is smoking pole.


17 posted on 08/22/2012 8:32:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: hulagirl
Joe Camel

Spuds McKenzie was"kooler"

18 posted on 08/22/2012 8:35:50 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Sooth2222

The way cigarettes are priced, they should be a plaything for the upper income classes, like expensive wine.

Instead, they are consumed by the poor; like street drugs.

Sad.

Not to mention wine in moderate quantites enhances health. Same cannot be said for smoking .

Sadder.


19 posted on 08/22/2012 8:36:54 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Drango
And now begins the lament: What are we going to do to make up all the tax revenue we (states, feds) are losing from decreased cigarette sales? Solution: Raise every body’s taxes to make up the shortfall.
20 posted on 08/22/2012 8:39:22 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Drango

Think of all that cig tax money that Uncle Sam’s not getting.

Pretty soon we’ll see ads claiming it’s patriotic to smoke because the cig taxes support health care for poor children.


21 posted on 08/22/2012 8:39:44 PM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: TomGuy
I was in SF last week shopping with my daughter for her wedding and I was shocked to see all the people smoking
since it is so liberal there and most of the people smoking were younger people also alot of the OWS protesters who were sitting on the street were smoking.
22 posted on 08/22/2012 8:45:23 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Emperor Palpatine
It depends what and how often.

For every Rat Pack example there are counterpoints. Aretha Franklin had to give up smoking to restore her range. Smoking helped destroy Whitney Houston's voice. Elton john's loss of range is partially attributed to smoking because it necessitated surgery on his vocal cords. Pavarotti refused to even enter a room for performance where there'd been smoking because of the adverse effects it had on him.

23 posted on 08/22/2012 9:01:15 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 74 days away.)
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To: funfan
since it is so liberal there and most of the people smoking were younger people also alot of the OWS protesters who were sitting on the street were smoking.

You mean those OWS people were contributing to *gasp* Evil "Big Tobacco"?

24 posted on 08/22/2012 9:05:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mylife

Fat people!


25 posted on 08/22/2012 9:36:21 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Drango

The smoking wars are far from over - it’s merely the case that “cool” smokers now prefer to smoke marijuana, easily just as poisonous as tobacco, and arguably worse in many ways.

While suggestible Americans condemn tobacco, they seek the legalization of marijuana, and the “smoking wars” - so called - continue unabated.


26 posted on 08/22/2012 9:44:48 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Drango

First cigarettes, then sodas, then fast foods, then cars, then single family homes..


27 posted on 08/22/2012 9:49:18 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: newzjunkey

The great bass-baritone Leonard Warren smoked 10-15 cigars a day, and he had a marvelously sinister and oily voice that just billowed out from the stage and filled the theater like a huge cloud. Once heard he’s unforgettable.

He used to tell people that the smoke from the cigars burnished his voice.

If you listen to him sing the “Te Deum” - the final line of which is my tagline - as Scarpia in the legendary 1960 Rome recording with Björling and Milanov you’d understand just how magnificently dark and evil this man’s voice could be.

Smoke or no smoke.


28 posted on 08/22/2012 9:50:32 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: newzjunkey

The great bass-baritone Leonard Warren smoked 10-15 cigars a day, and he had a marvelously sinister and oily voice that just billowed out from the stage and filled the theater like a huge cloud. Once heard he’s unforgettable.

He used to tell people that the smoke from the cigars burnished his voice.

If you listen to him sing the “Te Deum” - the final line of which is my tagline - as Scarpia in the legendary 1960 Rome recording of Puccini’s “Tosca” with Björling and Milanov you’d understand just how magnificently dark and evil this man’s voice could be.

Smoke or no smoke.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 9:51:48 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Now you’ve got it!


30 posted on 08/22/2012 9:56:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Ahh Puccini’s Tosca.


31 posted on 08/22/2012 9:57:50 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

I swear there are things in Tosca that Pink Floyd tried to emulate musically.


32 posted on 08/22/2012 9:59:28 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: dfwgator

Yes. I had only ever seen the protesters on TV and I had no idea they were still there very dirty and unproductive at best.


33 posted on 08/22/2012 10:00:36 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Emperor Palpatine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgJgYhc6g_E


34 posted on 08/22/2012 10:00:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Drango

rue. Smoking is highly negatively correlated with income. AND education.

LOL!!!! Im not going there. While its negatively impacted my health in a way, I do not lack education. Just income. ;0)


35 posted on 08/22/2012 10:23:26 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: mylife

Cool. Thanks for sharing.(I sound like im in an aa meeting) lol..


36 posted on 08/22/2012 10:26:41 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

Not a very good version LOL


37 posted on 08/22/2012 10:31:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: goseminoles

We are just people.


38 posted on 08/22/2012 10:33:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
The great bass-baritone Leonard Warren smoked 10-15 cigars a day, and he had a marvelously sinister and oily voice that just billowed out from the stage and filled the theater like a huge cloud. Once heard he’s unforgettable.

Warren died on stage at the age of 48. His voice wasn't so great after that.

39 posted on 08/22/2012 10:34:31 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: mylife

Pain is in the resistance....


40 posted on 08/22/2012 10:38:00 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Moonman62

he cause of death was determined to be a massive cerebral hemorrhage


41 posted on 08/22/2012 10:43:17 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Moonman62

The cause of death was determined to be a massive cerebral hemorrhage.


42 posted on 08/22/2012 10:43:34 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=smoking+hemorrhagic+stroke
43 posted on 08/22/2012 11:16:40 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Drango
The Hamm's bear was the koolest
44 posted on 08/23/2012 12:27:37 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (ualified)
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To: mylife

Ramey does a marvelous job as Scarpia.

But here’s how its REALLY done. Its just a recording with a montage of stills, but this is the “Te Deum” sung by Leonard Warren from that legendary RCA recording...which BTW I just checked was recorded in 1957, not 1960. My apologies,

The conductor is Erich Leinsdorff and the Rome Opera House orchestra.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCNlZ_xbQnU


45 posted on 08/23/2012 12:39:19 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (ualified)
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To: Moonman62

Right in the middle of Verdi’s “Il Forza del Destino” after his big aria.

Unless you’re a performing artist you wouldn’t understand that this is the way we ALL want to go. I mean think about it.....bringing the house down and getting thunderous applause - then exit stage right - for good. That’s how one becomes a legend.

La commedia es finito!


46 posted on 08/23/2012 12:44:19 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (ualified)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

A) We don’t know how much better they might have been if they hadn’t smoked.
B) They weren’t performing Screamo, which is much harder on the vocal cords than bel canto.
C) Anything that discourages a young person from smoking and excessive drinking is good, even if it’s not 100% scientific.


47 posted on 08/23/2012 3:14:12 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Now for wrath, now for ruin and a red nightfall.)
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To: Drango; Sooth2222
Smoking is highly negatively correlated with income. AND education.

That is for smoking cigarettes. Pipe and cigar smoking is positively correlated with income. Statistically pipe and cigar smokers tend to live longer than non-smokers, but that's likely because of the higher income rather than the smoking.

48 posted on 08/23/2012 3:59:58 AM PDT by Reeses (An optimist believes the Republicans nominated their best. A pessimist knows they did.)
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To: mylife

Yep. Look for everybody ‘s taxes to go up soon to make up for decreasing revenues from cigarette taxes. They’ll raise taxes on soda, bottled water, laundry detergent and wood furniture to name a few.


49 posted on 08/23/2012 7:39:05 AM PDT by virgil
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To: virgil

Wood furniture?
Do they still make that? /s


50 posted on 08/23/2012 4:27:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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