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

ers 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.

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The American Cancer Society offers a guide to quitting smoking.

-- Robert Preidt

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


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