For each 10-cent increase in cigarette taxes, the likelihood that a youth would start smoking decreased by about 3 percent. Taxes did not affect the odds of current smoking for adolescents and young adults.
Youth were 20 percent less likely to be currently smoking in areas with smoke-free bar laws, and tended to smoke fewer days out of the month in these places, as reported in JAMA Pediatrics.
“Young people are going to bars a lot, and even for those who aren’t, bar culture is important to them,” Glantz said.
The proposed $2 cigarette tax in California, if passed, would decrease youth smoking by about 40 percent, he said.
Historically, there has been conflict between groups pushing for smoke-free laws and those concerned with youth smoking initiation, he said. Smoke-free laws were thought of primarily as a tool to reduce secondhand smoke exposure.
“There’s really no conflict there,” Glantz said. “Smoke free policies are prevention policies too.”
Ideally, policymakers will combine smoke-free laws and cigarette taxes, which would have the maximum effect, he said.
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