Although cigarette taxes are a popular anti-smoking measure with policy-makers, we find evidence of a varied response to cigarette taxes among different groups of smokers in Canada. In particular, contrary to other studies, we find that the middle age group--the largest group of smokers in our sample--is largely unresponsive to taxes. Our results show there is no “one-size fits all” anti-smoking policy. Knowing socio-demographic characteristics of smokers who respond differently to tax increases will help in designing supplementary anti-smoking measures.
Carmina Ravanera wrote the Policy Brief.
Azagba, Sunday and Sharaf, Mesbah
"Policy Brief No. 8 - Cigarette Taxes and Smoking Participation: Evidence from Canadian Tax Increases,"
Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Research/Policy Brief:
3, Article 3.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc_rpb/vol1/iss3/3