Well, here’s a shocker. In spite of all the bans, ads, and taxpayer money spent trying to change people’s behavior, the adult smoking rate remains about 20%. (I think it’s higher, because of the stigma associated with smoking, people who smoke occasionally call themselves non smokers).
The article tries to make a correlation the same as causation where rates are lower, when it’s entirely possible there’s been either a population shift or an error in measurement.
Regardless, it’s one more example of government programs not reaching their expected outcome.
I hate to break this to you, but no one out there still thinks smoking is healthy. They are simply weighing the risks against the pleasure, and choosing the pleasure. The Government can’t stop that.