Navigation Links
Cigarette Tax Unlikely to Deter Some Smokers: Report
Date:7/15/2011

FRIDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- In an attempt to get smokers to kick the harmful habit, a number of governments have raised taxes on cigarettes, yet many people remain undeterred by the price increases, according to a new Canadian study.

But the public health measure has prompted at least some low-income and middle-income smokers to quit, the researchers recently reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

After gathering information from a Canadian National Population Health Survey from 1998-1999 to 2008-2009, and analyzing three age groups of daily smokers (12 to 24 years, 25 to 44 years and 45 to 65 years), researchers from Concordia University in Montreal found that the 25- to 44-year age group was the least affected by cigarette taxes. Higher cigarette prices did not dissuade wealthier smokers from lighting up either, the study found.

"Contrary to most studies, we find that the middle-aged group, which constitutes the largest fraction of smokers in our sample, is largely unresponsive to taxes," study first author Sunday Azagba, a doctoral candidate in the economics department at Concordia, said in a university news release. "While cigarette taxes remain popular with policy makers as a key anti-smoking measure, their effectiveness largely depends on how people respond to them."

Policy makers' efforts to motivate people to quit by raising the taxes on cigarettes have primarily targeted groups such as high school students, the study authors noted.

"Overall, it was smokers from lower socioeconomic groups who are more price-responsive than those from higher socioeconomic groups," said study co-author Mesbah Sharaf, also a Ph.D. candidate in the Concordia economics department, in the news release. "If there is a 10 percent increase in taxes, then smoking participation will fall by about 2.3 percent."

People who did not graduate from high school were also more likely to smoke than those with higher education, the authors pointed out. "If smokers are sophisticated about their self-control and responsive to prices, taxes could act as a self-control incentive for them," said Azagba. "Higher taxes for some people, when consumption of addictive goods is driven by cues, may be counterproductive."

An estimated 5 million people worldwide die each year because of smoking-related illnesses, according to the World Health Organization. These deaths are expected to reach 8 million per year by 2030.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides tips on how to quit smoking.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Concordia University, news release, July 13, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Menthol cigarettes marketed in predatory pattern, Stanford study shows
2. FDA Unveils Graphic Images for Cigarette Packs
3. Cigarette Packaging Still Too Alluring, Studies Find
4. African Americans and the general public support banning menthol in cigarettes
5. Fake cigarettes increase success rate for quitting smoking
6. Many Smokers Still Deceived by Cigarette Labeling
7. Smokers believe silver, gold and slim cigarettes are less harmful
8. Menthol Cigarettes Pose No Added Lung Cancer Risk: Study
9. FDA Panel: Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Would Boost Health
10. Menthol Cigarettes Marketed as Healthier, FDA Panel Says
11. Study Finds Drop in Online Sales of Cigarettes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Cigarette Tax Unlikely to Deter Some Smokers: Report
(Date:10/13/2017)... QUEENS, N.Y (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... recently became a member of ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special ... constantly changing laws and rules. It also provides a forum to network with elder ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many ... event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids ... of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the ... is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, ... he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ... introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad ... comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... HMP ... the recipient of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare ... City on October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and design ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, a ... amplified its effort during National Breast Cancer Awareness ... cancer risks. ... Oncology calculated that more than 10 million American ... mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not had ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... --  Provista, a proven leader in the supply ... power, today announced a new resource area on Provistaco.com ... is the online home for case studies, articles on ... releases, slideshows and events. ... at their fingertips, viewers can also watch short videos ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... LAWRENCE, Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... developer of single-use, self-contained, illuminating medical devices, today ... National Health Surveillance Agency (or Agência Nacional ... ®. The first single-use, cordless surgical retractor with ... ONETRAC provides optimal access, illumination and exposure of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: