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NCJ Number: 120759 Find in a Library
Title: Teenage Smoking: Higher Excise Tax Should Significantly Reduce the Number of Smokers
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
Fairmont, WV 26554
US Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC 20548
Publication Number: GAO/HRD-89-119
Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3120
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the extent and consequences of smoking by teenagers and of the economic studies of smoking concludes that increasing the Federal excise tax on cigarettes should reduce the number of teenage smokers significantly.
Abstract: The United States Surgeon General has labeled smoking the most important preventable cause of death in our society. Most adult smokers became addicted when they were teenagers, so preventing teenage smoking should substantially reduce the adult smoking population over time. Currently more than 4 million teenagers smoke. Several studies based on surveys conducted in the late 1960's and the 1970's estimated the price responsiveness of teenagers' smoking behavior. Analysis of these studies suggests that an increase in excise taxes by 20 cents per pack in 1989 would result in 500,000 fewer smokers and 125,000 fewer premature deaths. Figures, footnotes, and appended analyses of past studies.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Federal programs; Tax effects on crime; Tobacco use
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