Higher cigarette taxes make people drink less – study

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BEIJING: A rise in cigarette taxes can obviously lead to lower tobacco consumption, but a recent research suggested that higher cigarette taxes are also connected with the reduction of alcohol consumption among male and young adult smokers.

The study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, compared about 11,000 people in 31 states in America that raised cigarette taxes between the 2001-2002 period and the 2004-2005 period, with a similar number of people from 15 states in which taxes remained the same.

The result showed that male smokers in states with higher tobacco tax drank almost 10 percent less alcohol and reduced seven times of their drunken revelry per year than those in the states with the same tax rate.

Young adult smokers between the age of 18 and 29 in states with higher cigarette taxes skipped nearly one-quarter of their binge drinking per year than the others.


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