As for heavy smokers, people who went through more than half a pack a day, they were 7 percent more likely to quit. And they showed a 35 percent reduction in the average number of cigarettes they smoked in a day.
“Since heavy smokers smoke more cigarettes per day initially, they may feel the impact of a price increase to a greater degree and be more likely to cut back on the number of cigarettes they smoke on a daily basis,” Mayne said.
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Scientists did note that their study only focused on people 44 and older. Therefore, assessing younger individuals could present other variables.
Additionally, they pointed out that smoking bans in restaurants and bars did not seem to help smokers quit. While they are unsure the reason, they hope to conduct more studies to find out which method could be more effective: price hikes on cigarettes or smoking limits in public areas.
Nevertheless, they believe their most recent research reveals a new way to help smokers put down the cigs for good.
“Given our findings,” co-author Amy Auchincloss said, “if an additional one dollar was added to the U.S. tobacco tax, it could amount to upwards of one million fewer smokers.”
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