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in tems of addiction potential, tobacco is rated as highly or worse than heroin and crack cocaine|
taxation, as others point out, is not really a barrier, though is a good source of revenue for the government.
it is really quite surprising how much people will spend on tobacco even when impoverished
I have even seen people 'butt scabbing" (picking up cigarrete butts from the ground and smoking them) - this was apparently common in WW2
In Oz, we have banned smoking inside buildings, except private residences. Also, no smoking on public transport.
In terms of quitting - a recent study reported that the patches were as effective as placebo
There are two medications - vareniciline and bupropion - both have a small risk of mental illnesses, especially if the person already has one
I think China has the highest smoking prevalence in the world amongst men - about 50%, from what I read
From what I gather, very few Chinese females smoke
actually, a very effective device was invented by a Hong Kong Chinese called an "electronic cigarette" in the mid 1990s.
the device is endorsed by the american college of public health physicians, but not by the FDA at this stage.
basically, "vapour" is inhaled from a small battery powered cartridge filled with vegetable oil, nicotine and flavouring to produce "smoke", which is actually a vapour. It more or less exactly mimics smoking a cigarette but is odourless
it is not messy, like smoking and best of all, it is cheaper
people who use this device swear by it