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CDC Releases New MMWR with Tobacco-Related Articles

Friday, April 9, 2010  
The April 9 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is now available and contains two tobacco-related articles.
» full report(PDF 1MB)

State Cigarette Excise Taxes—United States, 2009
Increasing cigarette excise taxes is one of the most reliable, cost-effective tobacco control policies. Higher taxes directly increase cigarette prices and reduce cigarette use, which in turn decreases smoking-related diseases, death, and health care costs. A newly published review by CDC found that last year, 14 states and D.C. increased their state cigarette excise taxes. The national average state excise tax increased from $1.18 per pack in 2008 to $1.34 per pack in 2009. At the end of 2009, cigarette excise taxes ranged from 7 cents per pack in South Carolina to $3.46 per pack in Rhode Island. None of the 15 states that raised their cigarette excise taxes in 2009 dedicated any of the new revenues to tobacco control. States can further reduce cigarette use by investing a portion of excise tax revenues in tobacco prevention and control efforts.
» article highlights (PDF 45KB)

State Cigarette Minimum Prices Laws—United States, 2009
Minimum price laws have the potential to meaningfully raise cigarette prices in states with low cigarette excise tax rates, thereby reducing youth initiation and adult consumption and encouraging tobacco users to attempt to quit. To counteract the effect of excise tax increases and to appeal to price-sensitive smokers, cigarette manufacturers use discounts, coupons, and other promotions to reduce the retail price of cigarettes. A new CDC report found that as of December 31, 2009, 24 states and D.C. have laws in effect that set a minimum price for cigarettes. These minimum price laws can help states preserve the effect excise tax increases have on cigarette prices and counteract price manipulations by cigarette manufacturers that target youth and lower-income individuals.
» article highlights (PDF 50KB)

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