Studies say smoking is still frowned upon

In a recent USA Today article, Gallup poll results suggested that one in four people have less respect for someone who smokes. Although the media is full of anti-smoking advertisements, the price of packs of cigarettes increases, and legislations crack down on public smoking bans, 19.3% of the U.S. population still uses the stuff. In light of this, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of heavy users of cigarettes has dropped to 8% in 2010, a 5% decrease since 2005.

Even though many people look down on smokers, there still exist pro-smoking media – from blogs to public forums, people are raving about their right to smoke.

Marc Lipton, a clinical psychologist from Townson, Maryland who works with people attempting to quit the habit says that 30%-35% of his clients who are highly motivated but unnsuccessful quitting “have untreated anxiety and depression.” But Lipton suggests that success or failure can be impacted by several different reasons, one being genetics. Lipton used to be a heavy smoker than quit after his father passed away of smoking-related cancer.

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