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
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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

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.  

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.



Source: Medindia

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