How much does a pack of cigarettes cost?
The cost of cigarettes is a hotly debated topic in the United States, and experts are split on whether the cost of a pack can be accurately calculated.
A study published in the journal Tobacco Control, for example, concluded that the average cost of an average pack of five cigarettes in the U.S. is about $3.80.
The study is a work of a University of Maryland professor, but its findings have sparked controversy among many experts who say it’s too simplistic to determine how much a pack will cost.
The authors of the study found that for every 100 cigarettes smoked, an average of one person in the country will die.
They say the cost is too high and the real cost of the epidemic is much higher.
“If you have a billion people and you say, ‘You have a trillion people,’ and then you say the average person is going to die in the next 20 years, you’ve made an enormous error,” said Dr. Richard Condon, the lead author of the Tobacco Control study.
The U.K.-based charity Heartbeat, which provides financial aid to people in developing countries who smoke, has called on the U,S.
government to lower the cost estimate.
The tobacco industry says the research shows how misleading tobacco prices can be.
“The tobacco companies are making money from our children’s health and they want to keep making money,” said Chris Morris, CEO of American Lung Association.
“That’s not a good way to go about making sure that they don’t get a profit out of our kids.”
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