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Smokers hold out for habit despite public pressure, taxes

about 3 days ago
A combination of sin taxes, public education and shifting societal norms has driven down smoking rates nationwide in the past few decades. Today, in California, about 12 percent of adults smoke, lower than the national rate of 18.1 percent. But the state rate hasn’t budged much in the last three years. Many hardcore smokers, it seems, are having a hard time kicking the habit. And some young people are still picking it up.

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