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A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the country's top political advisory body, submitted a proposal at this year's ongoing session suggesting that a pack of cigarettes should cost at least 10 yuan ($1.4) to deter teenagers from smoking. He considers that it is possible that more teenagers, many of whom are not financially independent and have limited money to spend, would abstain from smoking if cigarettes were priced higher. Is it feasible?(news from China Daily)




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Post time 2017-3-8 14:06:04 |Display all floors
if this is about teen smoking in China, why don't you post a picture of a Chinese teen smoking?

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Post time 2017-3-8 14:36:04 |Display all floors
Raising the price of cigarettes does not deter anyone from smoking. Nor does putting pictures and/or warnings on cigarette packaging. People learn very quickly to ignore the pictures/warnings. The cost doesn't matter. People will buy no matter how high you jack the price. Of course ... when you jack the price up, you also increase the amount of taxes that the government is collecting ... and believe me, no government is ever going to complain about an increase in tax revenue!
It's hard to win an argument with a smart person. It's damned near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.

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Post time 2017-3-8 17:11:40 |Display all floors
normally your income would rise with food price go up ...

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cmknight Post time: 2017-3-8 14:36
Raising the price of cigarettes does not deter anyone from smoking. Nor does putting pictures and/or ...
Raising the price of cigarettes does not deter anyone from smoking.


Wrong. Numerous studies show that it does. For example: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3228562/

Nor does putting pictures and/or warnings on cigarette packaging.


Wrong. For example: http://journals.plos.org/plosone ... ournal.pone.0096315

when you jack the price up, you also increase the amount of taxes


True, but not the full picture. In China tobacco sales is important source of state revenue. Higher tobacco prices, contrary to what you think, would result in less sales and less sales revenue, which would offset the increased tax revenue from higher prices.

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Post time 2017-3-8 18:59:20 |Display all floors
Furthermore, smoking is one of many habits that requires social examples (and pressure) to start. There is little evidence towards why any living being would start to inhale smoke this way naturally. Compared to some other drugs that one can smoke, the benefits are negligible.

While price or warnings could not make someone stop smoking, it could make it more socially acceptable for him to see one of his friends, or perhaps his children, to stop or never start smoking. I know I sometimes get weird looks from Chinese people when I refuse their smoking offers.

Secondly, even if you have just one father-to-be stop smoking, the effect on the next generation is big.

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Post time 2017-3-8 20:14:37 |Display all floors
How about enforcing the minimum age laws and crack down severely on vendors who sell to minors.  Get rid of cigarettes in vending machines.
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