Growing up, I was always taught that cigarettes are bad. In fact, the perception of cigarettes is so bad that guns have less of a stigma.
Despite the stigma, the terrible health risks, the fact they make ones clothes stink and teeth yellow and are incredibly expensive, people still smoke. No doubt, addictions are hard to overcome. So until the last person quits, governments continue to battle tobacco use (while using the revenue to keep themselves employed).
Interestingly, the United States and United Kingdom are going about their cigarette packaging legislation in very different ways.
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed stronger warning labels on cigarette packaging- complete with descriptions and disgusting pictures to scare consumers from buying.
Conversely, the UK is proposing that cigarettes be debranded. The packages will be white with black lettering, including the brand name and a health warning.
I think the proposed measures in England has great potential cutting usage. Debranding will be difficult to work around.