Number Of Smokers Drops By Half Over 30 Years

By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 30-year study finds a big drop in the number of people who smoke in the Twin Cities.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota interviewed some 6,000 people regarding their heart health and found that the percentage of smokers has fallen from around 30 percent in 1980 to half that number today.

Incentives include much higher prices for cigarettes and far fewer places to smoke them. But there’s a new concern.

“I think our major concern now is in young people smoking. That may actually increase the numbers going forward,” said Dr. Jay Cohn, a University of Minnesota heart researcher.

Cohn spoke with WCCO Radio News from an American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

  • rmk

    One would think that would translate to lower health care costs, they must all be eating themselves to death!

  • Nancy Aleshire

    I noticed a decline in the numbers of young people smoking. Maybe they are finally getting the message of its health dangers. My son says they have replaced it with another habit–texting. Texting won’t give you cancer, but behind the wheel it is lethal.

  • Syeve Iversen

    I am definitely against smoking, but I don’t care for the half truths about the costs of smoking. First off, the all the taxes on tobacco products would cover a significant portion of the medical costs from smokers. Secondly, not all health costs for smokers are tobacco related. Some of the same people, eat too much, and/or drink too much.In addition, one thing you never hear about is the Social Security savings from all these people dieing early. If they die 15 or 20 years sooner than they would have, that is a very large of money that the Social Security Administration is saving on each deceased smoker.
    Smoking is a gross habit, but the government probably makes an overall profit from smokers regardless of what some of the anti smoking numbers show.

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