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Study: Cigarette taxes deter heavy drinking


The study is entitled “Increased Cigarette Tax is Associated with Reductions in Alcohol Consumption in a Longitudinal U.S. sample.”

As tobacco use is the foremost cause of avertable death and disability in the United States, while heavy alcohol consumption comes in third in the dubious trifecta, scientists involved with the study embarked on an unprecedented research endeavor.  This unique study looked at cigarette taxation and discovered that tax hikes on the product were associated with mild to moderate reductions in alcohol consumption among “vulnerable groups.”  According to the study, vulnerable groups include young adult smokers, hazardous drinkers, and smokers in the lowest income category.

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