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  •  I missed that (0+ / 0-)

    a non-smoker standing up for smokers' "rights" is certainly a novelty act.

    In 30 years no one will still smoke cigarettes and almost anyone who ever did will be dead.  At least in the US.  There is no political percentage in fighting for the smoker vote.

    In my experience the vast majority of heavy smokers I know are right wing already anyway.  Not all, but most. I'd live to see some actual polling on that.

    •  They Were Saying The Same Thing 30 Years Ago..... (0+ / 0-)

      I remember there was a specific campaign when I was in elementary about the "Smokefree Class of 2000".  Ironically, the smoking rates in the class of 2000 were higher than they were for the class of 1989, which was about the timeframe when the initiative was undertaken.    Ultimately I suspect the population of smokers will decline as a percentage in the generation ahead, but stay fairly consistent in overall numbers at the 40-45 million range where it's been pretty much since the 60s.

      One thing we agree on, however, is that I'd love to see a study on the political affiliation of smokers.  You're probably right that a growing percentage of them are Republicans given that the white working-class is the demographic most likely to smoke, but for whatever little it's worth, almost all of the smokers I know are Democrats.

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