In regard to your article "Tobacco: Does it have a future?" (American News, July 4), it is ironic that you have chosen American Independence Day
to feature a product that enslaves millions of Americans through nicotine
BUSINESS WEEK's throwaway comment concerning "the quarter of the population that truly enjoys smoking" is truly wide of the mark. Perhaps a quarter of the smoking population enjoys it--the rest are trying to quit. The most recent National Drug Household Survey findings in Australia show that 87% of smokers have, within the past year, tried to reduce or cease tobacco use, including 21% who quit for more than one month and another 41% who tried unsuccessfully to quit.
Senior Tobacco Policy Officer
A.C.T. Alcohol & Drug Service