If you’re smoking in 2021, you’ve been made well aware of the risks.
This isn’t the “Mad Men” era; there aren’t shadowy R.J. Reynolds executives trying to convince you there’s no evidence cigarettes are addictive or cause lung cancer. There aren’t advertisements saying that more doctors smoke Camels than any other brand or that dentists recommend Viceroys.
Furthermore, your right to smoke is heavily qualified by state and local government regulations and taxes. It’s an expensive habit and one that’s becoming more difficult to pursue every year. It’s fair to say that’s exerted some downward pressure on the number of Americans who light up. As of 2019, the adult smoking rate was at 14.0 percent, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. According to the American Lung Association, this is down from 42.6 percent in 1965.
There are two ways, then, to look at a proposed ban on menthol