As authorities around the world have increased taxes on tobacco products in order to reduce smoking, illicit (untaxed) tobacco use has increased.
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.
With teen smoking at a new low, policymakers should be celebrating a public health success instead of seeking a new regulatory expansion.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Electronic cigarettes might well be a good way, perhaps a great way, to quit but good epidemiological data do not yet exist.
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.
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.