Navigation Links
Tobacco tax hike could curb smoking among those with alcohol, drug or mental disorders
Date:6/2/2010

A new study from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA suggests that increasing cigarette taxes could be an effective way to reduce smoking among individuals with alcohol, drug or mental disorders.

The study, published online in the American Journal of Public Health, found that a 10 percent increase in cigarette pricing resulted in an 18.2 percent decline in smoking among people in these groups.

The findings demonstrate that increasing cigarette taxes could be a way to curb smoking, which is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, according to the study's lead author, Dr. Michael Ong, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the Geffen School of Medicine.

"Whatever we can do to reduce smoking is critical to the health of the U.S.," said Ong, who is also a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center. "Cigarette taxes are used as a key policy instrument to get people to quit smoking, so understanding whether people will really quit is important. Individuals with alcohol, drug or mental disorders comprise 40 percent of remaining smokers, and there is little literature on how to help these people quit smoking."

Prior research on the effect of cigarette pricing on smoking, which had been conducted using information from 1991, suggested that individuals with mental illness were less likely than other individuals to quit due to price increases. Unlike that research, however, the current study expanded the research to include people with alcohol and drug disorders.

The researchers based their work on data from 7,530 individuals from the 2000-01 Healthcare for Communities Household Survey. Of those, 2,106 people, or 23 percent, had alcohol, drug or mental disorders during the previous year. Of that group, 43.8 percent were smokers a much higher proportion than among rest of the population.

Though the researchers found that people with alcohol dependence did not cut down on cigarettes when prices rose, people with binge-drinking problems, substance-use disorders and mental disorders were significantly more likely to quit smoking if prices rose, as would occur with a cigarette tax increase.

While the study does suggest that increasing cigarette prices through taxation could reduce smoking among individuals with alcohol, drug or mental disorders, the authors note that further study is needed to determine if recent cigarette price increases have reduced smoking among individuals with such disorders, and whether the identified association is causal.


'/>"/>

Contact: Enrique Rivero
erivero@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-2273
University of California - Los Angeles
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Tobacco Heir to Speak Out Against Tobacco at Saint Francis Hospital
2. States Slash Funding for Tobacco Prevention Programs
3. Global tobacco report outlines 21 challenges for 21st century
4. Tobacco Toxin Helps a Protein Cause Lung Cancer
5. Duke Medicine Becomes Tobacco Road Marathon Title Sponsor
6. New Survey Shows Slow Decline in Youth Smoking, Troubling Increase in Smokeless Tobacco Use - Congress, States Must Step Up Tobacco Prevention Efforts
7. Lombardis Shields leads special journal focused on tobacco research
8. Exposure to tobacco smoke in childhood home associated with early emphysema in adulthood
9. American Lung Association Report Card: Federal Government Makes Major Strides; Most States Flunk for Neglecting to Prevent Tobacco-Caused Disease
10. Report Card on Tobacco Control Laws a Mixed Bag
11. ClearWay Minnesota(SM) Shines a Spotlight on a Reinvented Tobacco Industry
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... Every winter, someone is killed, injured or loses a home in an ... part of the Allegheny Health Network, has partnered with Etna Volunteer Fire Department, and ... campaign. , “Space Heaters Need Space” aims to bring awareness to the ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... The Jones Agency, a family owned insurance company with ... a cooperative charity drive with the Tarrant Area Food Bank in the hopes of ... families in need, the Tarrant County Food Bank offers hope and security to the ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 ... ... serving families of the Pittsburgh metro area, celebrates the beginning of the latest ... help children develop social skills through art. Donations to this worthy cause are ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Lakeland, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Coast Dental hygienist Suzan Sweeney, RDH, and dental assistant Terrell Moore shortly before 7 ... They joined dozens of dental professionals, donating their time and skills to help hundreds ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Nearly every health website ... health. These articles generally list between five and 15 foods that should be ... every one of these lists and believes that nutritious eye healthy foods are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... Hypermarcas S.A. ("Hypermarcas") today announced that ... "Tender Offer") to purchase any and all of ... its 6.500% Senior Notes due 2021 (CUSIP Nos. ... "Notes"). In connection with the Tender Offer, Hypermarcas ... "Consents") of the holders of the Notes (the ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016 (Kanadische ... http://www.sedar.com ) und der Website ... --> http://www.sedar.com ) und ... abrufbar.    --> Telesta ... Konzernabschluss des zweiten Quartals und die ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Hermann Health System has teamed up with Houston Rockets, ... one-of-a-kind experience to pediatric patients at Children,s Memorial ... video and Google Cardboard, Howard was able to visit ... patients and their families an unexpected, and energetically received, ... video . Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: