Putting Out the Fires: Will Higher Taxes Reduce the Onset of Youth Smoking? Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • This paper re-examines the empirical support for predictions that proposed cigarette tax or price increases will substantially reduce youth smoking. Part of the support for these predictions comes from evidence that higher taxes reduce aggregate tobacco sales and adult smoking rates. But taxes may have much different impacts on youth starting behavior than on adult quiting behavior.

publication date

  • February 2002