Study: Smoking Bans More Effective Than Tobacco Taxes
Smoking bans are more effective than high cigarette taxes at reducing smoking among casual users, but both help to reduce smoking rates among all users, according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Public Health. The study found that smoking bans were most effective at limiting smoking among casual users who smoked less than one pack daily, while high taxes on cigarettes were most effective at curbing smoking among users who smoked more than one pack daily. However, the study noted that combining smoking bans with high cigarette taxes was no more effective at reducing smoking rates than either of the methods were on their own.
- "Smoking Bans Beat Cigarette Taxes To Help Smokers Quit: Study" (Preidt, HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report, 12/17).