Higher cigarette taxes don’t deter all smokers, study finds; Smokers aged 25 to 44 most unresponsive to price increases
Raising taxes on cigarettes, a public health measure used by governments to encourage people to quit, doesn’t motivate all smokers to stop the deadly habit. Research on the long-term impact of taxing cigarettes found higher taxes do prompt low-and middle-income earners to quit. Yet price increases don’t persuade wealthier smokers or those aged 25 to 44 to butt out.