Help Smokers Quit: Cut Packs to 10 Cigarettes

Advocate says government can take simple step
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2011 3:53 PM CST
Time for 10-cigarette packs?   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)

(Newser) – The vast majority of smokers say they want to quit, and a Yale public health professor has a relatively simple suggestion: "It's time for the 10-cigarette pack," writes Jody Sindelar at CNN. Studies have shown that bigger portions of food result in people eating more, and the same principle applies here. Fewer cigarettes might just kill the temptation to keep reaching for one more.

The 20-cigarette pack is designed in part to curb teen smoking by keeping the per-pack price high, but the CDC says most teens who smoke don't buy their cigarettes directly from the store anyway, writes Sindelar. The government has the power to dictate pack size, and it should do so. "Think about it: We could change what it means to be a pack-a-day smoker."

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