A Backlash on Smokers and Tobacco Companies
Over the past years, the world has experienced a decline in the rate in which tobacco is smoked. The change is evident due to the decrease in some patients treated cancer as a result of smoking nicotine. People’s attitude towards tobacco has eventually changed, and people are deviating from smoking tobacco (Nonnemaker et al. 172). However, there are there are several causes can be termed responsible in creating the dramatic changes in this field. The essay will present some factors that can be argued to have facilitated the backlash.
There has been a belief circulating between scholars making them argue out that public policy is the primary cause of the decline. From what is observed, there has been a reduction of smoking cases along streets and towns. The introduction of smoking zones has restricted smokers from smoking in public that in return has reduced the rate at which people smoke. In any case, smokers still make proper use of the smoking zones to accomplish their mission. According to experts in the field of medicine, addiction is hard to control. Despite the implementation of public policy, smokers must look for other strategies that enable them to derive the smoking satisfaction. Public policy may only be effective when dealing with smokers as a group. However, it is tricky to control smoking of cigarette when it comes to individual level.
Other than public policy belief, the government suggests an increase in the financial cost of using tobacco. To raise the economic costs of using nicotine, the government must aim at increasing the cost of production first. If the production cost is high, definitely the cost of cigarette shall rise. The backlash experienced by smokers and nicotine companies seem to be caused by increased taxation (Nonnemaker et al. 176). The government has been gradually raising taxes on incomes earned from cigarette trade. As a result, many companies are finding it unfair to produce cigarettes at a higher price and then trade them at a lower price that may lead to huge losses. That contributes to the raised price of cigarettes in the market. According to Crotty and Atul , smokers are the most affected by tax bills on nicotine. The tax to be paid by manufacturing companies is equally distributed to consumers through substantial prices on the product. Therefore, many consumers are unable to purchase the product as before. They are forced to change their smoking routine to feet in the changing environment of nicotine users.
Arguably, high taxes may fail to be the leading cause of backlash on nicotine users. Reason being, companies, are in a position to produce low-quality cigarettes in future and sell them at a lower price to customers. The strategy may be efficient, and the government efforts to reduce smoking of nicotine may be depicted.
Apart from taxation, smoke-free policies introduced by the government may also be seen as a cause to the increased backlash in the nicotine industry. The fundamental idea of these systems is to ensure that the society is set free from smoking. The government has implemented some policies that tend to restrict smokers. The policies include fines and punishments implied to a person if he or she is found smoking against the rules and regulations set to govern the smoking behavior. However, the course has a degree of uncertainty since it is not possible for the government to reach every smoker and trace their smoking behavior. The policies apply to the few who are caught but the law enforcers.
Comprehensive advertisement of bans can also be believed to have an impact on the reduced use of nicotine. Some regions have banned the use of nicotine and categorize it as an illegal drug. Although there are still some traffickers who tend to distribute the drug illegally, efforts have been made by the government to curb the use of cigarettes (Lee et al. 78). Once an individual is addicted to smoking cigarettes, he or she finds it hard to do without the drug. Therefore, banning of cigarette does not mean that smokers do not still smoke. It is only that they have to look for other strategies to reach the drug without government intervention. In any case, banning the drug has played a vital role in reducing the use of nicotine in the society.
Finally, paid counter advertising campaigns is another cause of the backlash experienced by nicotine companies and smokers. There have been campaigns conducted by the government and non-governmental organizations regarding misuse of cigarettes. Information has circulated all over the world on the harmful effects of smoking cigarettes (Lee et al. 786) A good number of smokers have stopped smoking due to the educational campaigns regarding the effects of smoking. The government is in a position to help those who quit smoking by taking them to rehabilitation centers and helping them get out of the addiction. That indeed has left nicotine organization suffering from decreased customers today and in future. The cause may be seen as useful in creating a backlash to the cigarette companies. In conclusion, the newly developed therapies for treating lung cancer got from smoking may act a solution to the backlash. Effective medication for such a disease may motivate smokers and make a brilliant day for nicotine smokers in future.
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