Smokers Spend Average of $1.4 Million in Personal Costs: Study

Smokers burn through an average of $1.4 million in personal costs, a new study concludes. The figure includes spending on cigarettes, medical costs and lower wages brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, CBS News reports.

The study, which appears on the website WalletHub, calculated the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades. For their calculations, the researchers assumed an adult starts smoking a pack of cigarettes per day beginning at age 18, and smokes for 51 years—taking into account that 69 is the average age at which a smoker dies.

The researchers then calculated how much smokers would have earned if they had invested their cigarette money in the stock market instead.

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Smoking Could Drop to 10 Percent or Lower, Some Health Officials Predict

A number of trends could combine to lower U.S. smoking rates from the current 18 percent, to 10 percent or less, health officials predict. Cigarette taxes, bans on smoking in public places and regulations on cigarette advertising could influence people’s perceptions of smoking, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled its latest anti-smoking campaign, which features real people talking about smoking in tough and often frightening terms. A previous anti-tobacco ad campaign featuring graphic images helped 100,000 people quit smoking, the CDC said in September.

Last week, CVS, the nation’s second largest pharmacy chain, announced it will stop selling tobacco products in its more than 7,600 stores by October 1.

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Some Cigarettes Have Increased the Amount of Nicotine They Deliver

A new study finds some brands of cigarettes have increased the amount of nicotine they deliver. This is likely to make them more addictive, according to the researchers.

They studied data provided to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health by four major cigarette companies from 1997 to 2012, as required by state law. They found while the average amount of nicotine in cigarettes has remained fairly stable in recent years, the average amount of nicotine delivered from smoking a cigarette increased from 1.65 milligrams in 1999, to 1.89 milligrams in 2011.

This 15 percent increase could have been the result of a redesign of some brands of cigarettes, The Boston Globe reports. Lead researcher Thomas Land said cigarette makers could have changed the filter or length of their products to increase the efficiency of nicotine delivery.

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California Legislators Debate Whether to Include E-cigarettes in Smoking Bans

California lawmakers are debating whether to include e-cigarettes in bans on smoking in public places, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The state has outlawed cigarette smoking in most public places. The California Senate recently approved a bill that would ban e-cigarettes from every place smoking is already banned. The state Assembly has not yet taken up the measure.

E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine in the form of a vapor, which is inhaled by the user. They usually have a rechargeable, battery-operated heating element, a replaceable cartridge with nicotine or other chemicals and a device called an atomizer that converts the contents of the cartridge into a vapor when heated. E-cigarettes often are made to look like regular cigarettes.

People who use e-cigarettes object to prohibitions on the devices in public spaces, arguing they don’t emit smoke. They inhale and exhale vapor that contains flavored liquid nicotine. Proponents of the ban on using e-cigarettes in public say the effects of the devices and their vapor are still untested and unknown.

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Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education