It’s been a sobering holiday weekend for news in many respects, but here’s a happier story to start your December that provides yet another testament to the power of caring and intentional public policies designed to improve the human condition: The Winston-Salem Journal reports this morning that cigarette smoking in the United States reached a new low in 2013. This is from the story:
“Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults dropped to a new low in 2013, although just slightly below the previous rate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week.
The rate of 17.8 percent, or 42.1 million adult Americans, is viewed by anti-tobacco advocates as another year of progress even though the rate was 18.1 percent in 2012 and 20.9 percent in 2005.”
And, as anyone who’s been paying attention knows, this ongoing decline, ain’t happening because of the “genius of the market.” It’s happening because public officials initiated strong anti-smoking policies to educate citizens, curb advertising, limit places where smoking can take place and limit access to tobacco by minors.
Not surprisingly, North Carolina government still has a long way to go in this realm. Read more