Nationwide smoking ban increases total number of smokersWell then, it's no wonder that the tobacco companies aren't doing more to fight smoking bans. Tobacco companies realize the rebellious nature of humans, the more you tell someone they can't do something, such as smoking, the more likely they are to engage in the forbidden activity.
The proportion of people who smoke in Ireland has increased over the past seven years despite the introduction of the workplace smoking ban and significant increases in the price of cigarettes.
New figures from the Department of Health put the overall smoking rate at 29%, compared to 27% in 2002.
The rate of smoking is higher among women at 31%, compared to 27% of men.
Online story found here:The apparent long term legacy of smoking bans will be that they destroyed tens of thousands of businesses, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs; with no benefit of reducing the overall smoking rate.
Then again, the reality is that the bans were lobbied and enacted for one reason and one reason only.........to increase product sales of Nicdoderm, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol, Nicorette, Commit, etc.