I heard the smoking rate in the US (among adult smokers) is 18 as of 2013.
While I believe the rate is low, I don't think its as low as 18 percent. More like 23-25 percent if I include closet smokers and underage smokers. While it's true more teens in modern times smoke weed, I still believe more teens smoke cigs in modern times than what antis may think.
Antis claim the high cig prices will convince more teens to never start smoking. Well last time I checked, it's illegal for a teen to buy cigs. And since they get their cigs by stealing packs and/or having older siblings/peers buy cigs for them, the teens aint really paying anything for their "expensive" packs. So the hi prices won't stop a teen from trying cigs. They wont have to worry about cig prices til they actually start buying packs at 18. Til then, they gonna do what it takes to get cigs in bad, sneaky ways. LOL