CASAA Public Service Announcement #4
Tobacco control organizations prefer point to the smoking rates as evidence that their "abstinence only" policies - which aim only to get people to quit or stop people from starting - are working. So, they use those rate drops to support calls for more smoking bans, more product bans and more "sin" taxes. They also use this smoke-and-mirror "progress" to justify opposition to tobacco harm reduction policies and products, arguing that those are "unproven" to help smokers quit or reduce health risks, so we should continue to use their "evidence-based" policies that work.
However, the real evidence is in the actual number of smokers and that is why you won't see them reporting that number has only dropped by 1 million, because dropping from 25.5% to 19.3 % sounds much more impressive. We need to acknowledge that regardless of whether it's 25% or 19%, there are still well over 42 million adult smokers in the U.S. and come up with policies that actually save lives, rather than policies and numbers that just sound impressive.Please support tobacco harm reduction policies! Share this blog post on social media, blogs and online communities or download our public service announcements from casaa.org to post on your own site. Help us get the message out!