Cigarette Taxes, Smoke-Free Policies Have Led to Drop in Smoking and Drinking: Study

A new study finds cigarette tax increases and smoke-free policies have reduced both smoking and alcohol use. The researchers found consumption of beer and hard liquor declined in states where strict anti-tobacco legislation has been passed in the past 30 years.

“The major finding is that over a 30-year time span increasing cigarette prices and strengthening smoke-free air laws has also reduced alcohol consumption per capita,” study author Melissa Krauss of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis told HealthDay. “The big message is that some very good state tobacco policies have had public health implications that go beyond what was actually intended.”

The researchers analyzed state alcohol sales, tax and shipment data from 1980 to 2009. During this period many states began to implement cigarette tax increases and smoke-free laws, the article notes. These alcohol trends were compared with state smoke-free policies and cigarette tax increases.

For every 1 percent increase in the price of a pack of cigarettes, there was an almost 1 percent decrease in the overall per-person consumption of alcohol, the researchers report in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Wine consumption was not influenced by state smoking policies, the researchers found. Krauss noted wine drinkers are less likely to smoke and tend to live healthier lives.

“In situations when smokers are drinking alcohol, it tends to trigger cravings for a cigarette,” explained Krauss said in a news release. “Some people even tend to smoke only when they drink, but not at any other time.”

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    September 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Neat thing about being PAID to produce pro ban, anti alcohol, propaganda, like Melissa is. Her “school” gets a fortune of our tax money to promote this garbage. And, like all good predetermined “studies”, it came out exactly as expected.

    The other neat thing about this is that the drug company “philanthropy” that co funds this sort of junk “science” is making TONS of money selling patches and gums, AND anti depressants and anti anxiety drugs.

    They prefer you use their drugs rather than having a beer, and their patches, rather than having a cigarette. They also fund the fight against e cigs as that would take some income from their nico narco products.

    I believe that “philanthropy” also started this website?

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    September 25, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Sorry, but I cry bull shoes. Hard liquor consumption at BARS has decreased, thus disproving the propaganda that smoking bans don’t harm bars. But in Ohio, nearly 43.8 million MORE bottles of hard liquor have been sold for home consumption over the sales the year prior to the smoking ban. Meanwhile, nearly 4 million LESS bottles of liquor have been purchased by bars/restaurants to resell. It seems to me that these so-called studies are merely a tool to ask for increased funding by the CDC to lobby for more smoking bans. Here’s a study I suggest you do (but you won’t). How about studying domestic violence in states that have passed total smoking bans? If THAT MUCH MORE hard liquor is being sold for home and party consumption, what is the risk have you put spouses and children in? Not to mention that people are now also smoking at home around the kids rather than in adult-only venues. Think I’m lying? I’ll gladly send you the actual records I got from the Ohio Dept. of Commerce, Liquor Control Division. Is author Krauss using wholesale liquor figures only? Seems to me, she is.

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    Oralia Vallejo

    September 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    In Kings County, California, tobacco and alcohol prevention professionals are working closely now to address the issue of high tobacco and alcohol rates.

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