While inhaling tar from tobacco smoke can result in second-hand smoking related illnesses, smoking the cigarette itself, which contains nicotine, can be addictive. The City of Hazlo has decided to regulate cigarette smoking in an effort to reduce the number of smoking related illnesses. Hazlo regulators are proposing to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes by 10% each year. In 5 years, the amount of nicotine in cigarettes will have reduced by 50%. Some health experts correctly point out, however, that if smokers are already addicted to nicotine, they will compensate for the decrease in nicotine by smoking correspondingly more cigarettes.
Which of the following predictions is most strongly supported by the effects of implementing the Hazlo regulation on cigarette smoking?