Reactions of adult and teenaged smokers to the Massachusetts tobacco tax
Publication Source

American Journal of Public Health

Journal article
Metadata
Region
The Americas
Economy status
High-income economies
Abstract

Objectives
This study assessed smokers’ reactions to a 25 cents cigarette tax imposed in Massachusetts.

Methods
A statewide telephone survey of 1783 adult smokers and 216 teenaged smokers was conducted.

Results
Among adult smokers, 3.5% reported that they had stopped smoking, owing in part to the price increase; 35% had considered quitting and 19% had attempted to cut the cost of smoking by switching to cheaper brands or cutting down. Among teenagers, 21% had considered quitting and 26% had cut costs. Low-income smokers were more responsive to the price increase than more affluent smokers.

Conclusions
A modest and temporary price increase promoted quitting among adult smokers and reduced cigarette consumption among low-income teenagers.