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As authorities around the world have increased taxes on tobacco products in order to reduce smoking, illicit (untaxed) tobacco use has increased.

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This paper analyzes whether taxes create a price wedge between legal and illicit cigarettes and thereby affect the availability and trade of illicit whites across markets.

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With teen smoking at a new low, policymakers should be celebrating a public health success instead of seeking a new regulatory expansion.

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The FDA’s recent deeming regulations will have tremendous negative effects on the market for e-cigarettes. Is that good for consumers and their health?

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A cigarette tax that stinks

On November 8, Missourians will vote on a constitutional amendment that would establish a 60-cent cigarette tax to fund pre-K education. I am sympathetic to the cause, but there’s more to this plan than meets the eye. How we fund pre-K, determine eligibility, and pay for it is critical.

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A recent FDA regulation on graphic warning labels for cigarettes has resurrected a huge debate among health economists over whether adult smoking is a rational choice or merely the consequence of an addiction.

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Although further research will be needed on their long-term effects, it is clear that e-cigarettes can play an important harm reduction role. Unfortunately, the proposed regulation threatens to prevent e-cigarettes from playing that role. 

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Electronic cigarettes might well be a good way, perhaps a great way, to quit but good epidemiological data do not yet exist. 

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E-cigarettes should not be subjected to tobacco taxes at this time, because the current medical evidence does not point to any significant adverse health effects. 

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At the recent Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood glitterati were not the only ones under the hot lights. The electronic cigarette, battery-operated devices that release water vapor and nicotine, also had its close-up as several stars were seen puffing away. Some U.S. Senators were not amused.

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