Skip to comments.CDC wants more cigarette taxes, regs as tobacco usage flattens, teens experiment
Posted on 06/26/2014 7:55:54 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The rapid decline in Americans' tobacco use has leveled off, and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling for new taxes, regulations and warnings to force Americans to kick the habit.
In a new report, the CDC found that 50 million, or one in five, Americans use tobacco every day or some days, and 60 million, or one in four, every day, some days or rarely.
It also revealed that the use of electronic cigarettes is surging, and and e-cigarettes now account for nearly 5 percent of the smoking market.
Worse: Americans aged 18-24 showed up as the top group of daily, sometimes and rare users in the 2012-13 National Adult Tobacco Survey just released. It cannot be determined from these data whether this represents early initiation that will escalate to established use, said the CDC report.
The tobacco report warned that the anti-smoking trend is bottoming out and needs a kick start:
The findings in this report underscore the importance of continued implementation of proven population-based interventions focused on the diversity of tobacco product use in the United States. Such interventions include increasing tobacco product prices, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, warning about the dangers of tobacco use through high-impact anti-tobacco mass media campaigns, and increasing access to help quitting, in conjunction with Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco products. Sustained, comprehensive state tobacco control programs funded at CDC-recommended levels can accelerate progress toward reducing tobacco-related diseases and deaths in the United States.
The report also blamed states for not doing enough to scare users. Noting that states have $25 billion from tobacco settlement programs and taxes to use to fight smoking, the CDC said that it will spend just $481.2 million this year, about 15 percent of what the agency wants.
Top tobacco users:
Americans age 18-24, 35.2 percent,
Midwesterners, 27.7 percent.
GED graduates, 47.3 percent.
People with annual incomes less than $20,000, 32.7 percent.
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders, 35.8 percent.
A lot of LGBT people smoke?
Homophobic Nanny State PING!
Isn’t it amazing how the government can use something that is bad for you as an excuse to steal your money?
Hey you know what: Democrats are bad for me, therefore I say everyone who’s been paying taxes get a full refund for every year they’ve been in office.
If it is so damn bad, make it illegal. One reason, and one reason only it won’t be: taxes. Taxes are more important to the Feds than health. Wintness Obamacare.
use less, govt wants more taxes to make up for what it loves to spend.
use the same, govt wants more taxes for ‘maintenance’ and ‘infrastructure’.
use more, the govt wants more taxes so you use less.
there is no situation where govt gets less’from us. always a rationalized excuse.
They’ll pry my cigar from my cold, dead fingers..
..... liberal conundrum #3
One in five smoke? Hard to believe.
The CDC doesn’t want it. Their commie ‘RAT massas do. Those piggies just can’t steal enough of America’s money. Damn elitist limousine commies.
“Isnt it amazing how the government can use something that is bad for you as an excuse to steal your money?”
Yes! And I’m pretty sure it’s one of the definitions of evil.
Many smokers are addicted. Many are already poor. I don’t see this dang fascist government making money off of heroin or meth addicts. How dare they use the vulnerability of the poor nicotine addict to make a sh!tload of money.
All smokers should rebel and go on an E-cig for a year. This gov will miss the money they made off the backs of the nicotine addicts and it would be interesting to see where they try to pick up the slack. Would they then go after the sacred alcohol? They’re already starting to pick on people who want to take yoga classes. I guess they want people to stop taking in healthy excersize too.
Auntie Nanny can’t restrain herself from sticking her big nose in.
Thanks for the ping!