Tobacco Price Increases Lead to Smoking Reduction, Study Says

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) released a tobacco-related article in the July-August edition of Public Health Reports. The article, “Estimating the impact of raising prices and eliminating discounts on cigarette smoking prevalence in the United States,” reports on a study that modeled the impact of three cigarette price scenarios on smoking prevalence among youth ages 12–17, young adults ages 18–25 and adults older than 26 by state.

The study found that each price scenario would substantially reduce cigarette smoking prevalence and smoking-related deaths, especially among youth and young adults. By dedicating a portion of local, state, and federal tax revenues to tobacco control efforts, governments at each level can (1) invest in evidence-based tobacco prevention efforts and (2) help smokers, who bear the greatest burden of cigarette taxes, with support and encouragement to quit, including high-impact media campaigns, tobacco quitlines, and evidence-based cessation treatment and counseling.

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