Smoking cigarettes has been “out of trend” for a while. In the late 1990s
and early 2000s smoking in most
workplaces and public places was prohibited in many countries. People started being more aware of their
eating habits, physical activities, and overall health. In the USA, current smoking has declined from
20.9% (nearly 21 of every 100 adults) in 2005 to 14.0% (14 of every 100 adults) in 2019, and the
proportion of smokers who have quit has increased
for Disease Control and Prevention).
However, cigarette smoking is not just a simple bad habit but a strong addiction whether it is an addiction to nicotine or a psycho emotional addiction. Most of the time, it is both. Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.
In this project I explore the average cost of cigarettes per pack, federal and state tax on cigarettes, and the relation between these factors and adult smoking consumption from 1970 to 2019 in the United Stated.
The Top 10 States with the Highest Average Cost per pack in 2019
*Prices do not include sales tax
Cigarette smoking in 2019 was highest in the Midwest and lowest in the West.
Current cigarette smoking was highest among people with a general education development (GED) certificate and lowest among those with a graduate degree.
Cigarette smoking in 2019 was higher among people with a low annual household income than those with higher annual household incomes.
Although there are many other factors involved, the trends in cigarette prices and overall U.S. cigarette consumption from 1970 to 2019 show that there is a strong correlation between increasing prices and decreasing consumption.
Decreasing cigarette consumption among adults strongly correlates with increasing average cost of cigarettes. However, interestingly, the higher income people have the less they smoke. This means that smoking consumption depends not only from the cost of the cigarettes, but many other factors, which might include annual household income, level of education, marital status, and whether person has experienced anxiety.
Data Sources: data.gov (The Tax Burden on Tobacco, 1970-2019)