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Increasing Tax on Cigarettes may Not Inspire Smokers to Quit

by Savitha C Muppala on  July 15, 2011 at 6:03 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The strategy of increasing taxes on cigarettes as a way to deter people from smoking did make a difference in Canada, but only among certain groups.
 Increasing Tax on Cigarettes may Not Inspire Smokers to Quit
Increasing Tax on Cigarettes may Not Inspire Smokers to Quit
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Overall, there was a 2.3% reduction in the number of smokers for every 10% increase in taxes, but did not make a difference among  certain groups such as those with higher incomes or among people  between  ages of 25 and 44.  

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Increase in tax on tobacco products did not seem to gravely impact the lifestyle of smokers in a manner that might cause them to kick the habit or reduce the number of cigarettes.    

Unless smokers comprehend the adverse effects of smoking and make a conscious effort to give up the habit, strategies such as increasing tax on tobacco products may not make a huge difference to smokers.



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