Tobacco: How Smokers Get Hooked

As anyone who has ever walked a mile for a Camel (or any other smoke) knows, it often pays to keep going another block or two. In Atlanta, cigarette prices range from 28¢ a pack at cut-rate auto-service stations to 50¢ at downtown nightspots. Beverly Hills, Calif., smokers have been paying prices ranging from 32¢ to 45¢ in one four-block area. Chicagoans fork over anywhere from 35¢ to 50¢ for the same sort of butts. "It's all on the basis of what the traffic will bear," explains Los Angeles Tobacco Distributor Norbert Orens. "Cigarette prices are not pre-marked with...

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