Governments Introduce Higher Cigarette Taxes

June 19th, 2012 00:00

These days less and less American young people and adults are smoking as cigarette taxes that have surpassed the $3-a-pack threshold in particular states make tobacco use too expensive, according to the recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Everyday smoking, dropped to approximately 15.5% in 2010 among young people 18 to 15, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stated in a report. That share was lower from 19.5% in 2004. Daily smoking among people 11 to 17 years old decreased to approximately 2% from 2.9%.

Raised education and enforcement attempts aiming at younger smokers combined with “essential growth in cigarette taxes,” contributed to the decrease, the agency stated. The average state excise tax on cigarettes reached $1.44 a package in 2011, higher from $1.32 in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York, among five states levying $3 or higher, had the raised levy at $4.35.

Higher Cigarette Taxes

“Despite the fact that there was a particular progress in eradicating teen smoking, the fact remains that one in 12 adolescents at present smoke and one in three adults smoke, which means that too many youngsters are still affecting their lives,” Pamela Hyde, the agency’s manager, stated in a statement.

Young smokers who confirmed about cigarette use in the last month, either daily or accidentlier, decreased to nearly 33.8% in 2010, from 38.7% in 2004, according to the agency. Rates among teenagers dropped to about 8.1% in 2010, from 11.6%.

Various health education programs in schools, anti-smoking actions that educate teenagers, raised observance of laws banning the sale of smoking products to people younger than 18, and higher taxes are boosting, the mental health agency stated. About 10% increase in the prices of cigarettes can decrease the use at approximately 4% among young adults and can produce even higher effect on teens, according to the report.

Apart from state taxes, the federal government officials add $1.01, and local municipalities can have the right to levy their own charges. New York City adjoins nearly $1.50 on main state and federal taxes, and Illinois tacks about $2.68 per pack of cigarettes, according to the report. For instance Missouri demonstrated the lowest cigarette tax in 2011 at about 16 cents.

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