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Cigarette taxes and smoking participation: evidence from recent tax increases in Canada.

Azagba S, Sharaf M - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2011)

Bottom Line: Consistent with the literature, we find evidence of a heterogeneous response to cigarette taxes among different groups of smokers.Contrary to most studies, we find that the middle age group-which constitutes the largest fraction of smokers in our sample-is largely unresponsive to taxes.While cigarette taxes remain popular with policy makers as an anti-smoking measure, identifying the socio-demographic characteristics of smokers who respond differentially to tax increase will help in designing appropriate supplementary measures to reduce smoking.

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Affiliation: Department of Economics, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montréal, Quebec H3G 1M8, Canada. s_azagba@live.concordia.ca

ABSTRACT
Using the Canadian National Population Health Survey and the recent tax variation across Canadian provinces, this paper examines the impact of cigarette taxes on smoking participation. Consistent with the literature, we find evidence of a heterogeneous response to cigarette taxes among different groups of smokers. Contrary to most studies, we find that the middle age group-which constitutes the largest fraction of smokers in our sample-is largely unresponsive to taxes. While cigarette taxes remain popular with policy makers as an anti-smoking measure, identifying the socio-demographic characteristics of smokers who respond differentially to tax increase will help in designing appropriate supplementary measures to reduce smoking.

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Average real cigarettes tax in Canada by province.
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f1-ijerph-08-01583: Average real cigarettes tax in Canada by province.


Cigarette taxes and smoking participation: evidence from recent tax increases in Canada.

Azagba S, Sharaf M - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2011)

Average real cigarettes tax in Canada by province.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3108129&req=5

f1-ijerph-08-01583: Average real cigarettes tax in Canada by province.
Bottom Line: Consistent with the literature, we find evidence of a heterogeneous response to cigarette taxes among different groups of smokers.Contrary to most studies, we find that the middle age group-which constitutes the largest fraction of smokers in our sample-is largely unresponsive to taxes.While cigarette taxes remain popular with policy makers as an anti-smoking measure, identifying the socio-demographic characteristics of smokers who respond differentially to tax increase will help in designing appropriate supplementary measures to reduce smoking.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Economics, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montréal, Quebec H3G 1M8, Canada. s_azagba@live.concordia.ca

ABSTRACT
Using the Canadian National Population Health Survey and the recent tax variation across Canadian provinces, this paper examines the impact of cigarette taxes on smoking participation. Consistent with the literature, we find evidence of a heterogeneous response to cigarette taxes among different groups of smokers. Contrary to most studies, we find that the middle age group-which constitutes the largest fraction of smokers in our sample-is largely unresponsive to taxes. While cigarette taxes remain popular with policy makers as an anti-smoking measure, identifying the socio-demographic characteristics of smokers who respond differentially to tax increase will help in designing appropriate supplementary measures to reduce smoking.

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