Tobacco: Where There's Smoke

When it comes to antismoking campaigns, the British government's has been no more successful than the U.S.'s. Though it has not imposed U.S.-style health warnings on cigarette packs, the Labor government took the drastic step of outlawing all cigarette commercials on television, last year persuaded cigarette manufacturers to limit other advertising as well. Nonetheless, half of all British adults remain on cigarettes, and the past two years have seen a steady increase in consumption among young people. Confronted with a tax-heavy price of 75¢ a pack, Britons seem largely indifferent to the health scare, economically they continue to smoke...

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