Navigation Links
Heavy Smokers Cut Back the Most When Cigarette Taxes Rise: Study
Date:12/4/2012

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting cigarettes taxes may cause heavy smokers to cut back more than lighter smokers, researchers have found.

The finding is surprising because it's long been believed that heavy smokers would be most resistant to cigarette price increases, said Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, a research assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

She and her team looked at data from more than 7,000 smokers who were initially asked how much they smoked and then asked the same question three years later.

"On average, everyone was smoking a little less" at the three-year follow-up, Cavazos-Rehg said in a university news release. "But when we factored in price changes from tax increases, we found that the heaviest smokers responded to price increases by cutting back the most."

At the start of the study, the typical smoker averaged 16 cigarettes a day. That fell to 14 per day after three years. During that time, the average price for a pack of cigarettes increased from $3.96 in 2001 to $4.41 in 2004. Most of that increase came from state taxes.

Heavy smokers -- with a habit of more than 40 cigarettes, or two packs a day -- would have been expected to reduce their consumption by 11 cigarettes a day even without a price hike. In states where cigarette taxes rose by at least 35 percent, however, heavy smokers reduced their consumption by an average of 14 cigarettes per day.

While the heaviest smokers cut back their cigarette consumption by an average of 35 percent in response to higher taxes, smokers with a habit of 20 cigarettes, or one pack per day, cut their consumption by only 15 percent, the investigators found.

No other factors -- such as smoke-free policies -- were as influential on smoking habits as price, according to the study published online recently in the journal Tobacco Control.

But while higher taxes may prompt smokers to cut back, it would be better if they stopped smoking altogether, Cavazos-Rehg noted.

"We don't know whether there's any health benefit if they continue to smoke, even if they are smoking less. However, if reducing helps an individual to quit eventually, then the health advantage becomes clear," she said.

While the study found an association between higher cigarette taxes and reductions in cigarettes smoked, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The American Cancer Society offers a guide to quitting smoking.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Washington University School of Medicine, news release, Nov. 29, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Heavy Drinking Linked to Earlier Stroke
2. Heavy Marijuana Use in Teen Years May Lower IQ Later
3. Babies of Heavy Moms Grow Slower: Study
4. Brain activity may predict teens heavy drinking
5. Obese Label May Not Apply to Heavy Ex-NFL Players
6. Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Linked to Host of Problems in Children
7. Police Work Takes Heavy Health Toll: Study
8. Heavy Coffee Intake May Affect Fertility Treatments: Study
9. Massage Industry Heavyweights Team Up for First-Ever Massage Documentary
10. Heavy Duty Alternators and Starters Expert Elreg Distributors Ltd. Meets Needs of International Market with Launch of Spanish Website
11. Heavy Drinking, Smoking Wont Harm Mens Sperm: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Heavy Smokers Cut Back the Most When Cigarette Taxes Rise: Study
(Date:4/24/2017)... McLean, Virginia (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 ... ... have announced that they are seeking public support to bring their novel lifesaving ... in appearance, wearable device packed with medical-grade sensors, specially designed to read a ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... telehealth industry, announces the company’s VideoMedicine mobile platform has launched Quick Care, a ... hours a day, Quick Care provides patients with the option to request and ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... opioid overdose deaths now claim the lives of 62 Americans each day.(1) Yet ... against drug manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and prescribers by more than half.(2) Novus ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... recognize elevated anxiety levels in people with addiction who are served by MAP’s ... a biosensing wearable device that monitors heart and breath rates to identify anxiety ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 ... ... the cardiovascular health of individuals with HIV because it is not known to ... statins may have favorable effects to both lower cholesterol levels and dampen inflammation ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017  Cogentix Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: CGNT), a ... Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology markets with innovative and ... joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Marketing ... Mr. Keswani will report directly to Darin ... organization is delighted that Ash has joined the ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017 Research and Markets has ... Innovation Driven by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market and Increasing Usage of ... ... delivery technologies will rise from USD 20 Billion in 2015 to ... Drug Delivery Technologies - Innovation Driven by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- Eyevensys, a private biotechnology company developing ... technology that enables the safe, local, sustained production of ... range of ophthalmic diseases, announces it has received approval ... (MHRA) to advance its technology into clinical development. ... The EyeCET platform ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: