Another Reason Why Smokers Switch to Vaping: Tobacco Taxes

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The study titled, “The Effects of Traditional Cigarette and E-Cigarette Taxes on Adult Tobacco Product Use,” distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), says that a $1 tax increase on traditional cigarettes reduces cigarette use by 1.9% overall and by 3.5% for daily smokers, and increases vaping rates by 9.7%.

..”a $1 tax increase on traditional cigarettes reduces cigarette use by 1.9% overall and by 3.5% for daily smokers, and increases vaping rates by 9.7%.”

These results were determined by cross-referencing dates of state cigarette excise tax changes with data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys, and the National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS), between 2011 and 2017. The BRFSS polls over 400,000 U.S. adults per year, and the NHIS surveys about 33,000, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (

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