Cigarette Taxes Cut Down on Drinking, Too
Yale researchers see decreases, especially among men
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
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(Newser) – States that raise taxes on cigarettes tend to see a decrease in smoking. But a decrease in drinking, too? Yes, say researchers at Yale, reports WebMD. They studied the drinking habits of residents in states where cigarette taxes increased and found that people were boozing less, too. It mostly applied to men, young people, and those with lower incomes. Specifically, male smokers drank 10% less compared with peers in states without the higher taxes, reports NBC News. They also binged less. The reason is what you might think: Smoking and drinking often go hand in hand, so if smokers are smoking less, they're drinking less, too. “That’s pretty consistent with behavioral economics concepts,” says a researcher. Only now, it's quantified.

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benicho
Aug 12, 2013 4:15 AM CDT
i suppose nobody noticed the comment about how this mainly affected those with lower incomes. What a social divide we're creating, where luxuries for good or bad, are increasingly the choice of the upper class.
Chatsworth
Aug 11, 2013 6:54 AM CDT
I could see the logic in that; smoking and boozing do go hand in hand,but not necessarily.There are those who booze it up prolifically and do not,in fact, smoke,so that would tend to disprove the study.
AudreySilk
Aug 11, 2013 2:55 AM CDT
Pretending that I buy anything about this study (which, once again when it comes to these anti-smoker studies, you can't read the full thing without paying for it. How transparent -- not), it could also be said that the reduction in consumption is the result of a reduction in attendance at bars -- a complete contradiction by the same anti-smokers who claim smoking bans don't harm the bar business.