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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(5), 1583-1600; doi:10.3390/ijerph8051583
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Cigarette Taxes and Smoking Participation: Evidence from Recent Tax Increases in Canada

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Department of Economics, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montréal, Quebec, H3G 1M8, Canada
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Received: 29 March 2011 / Revised: 30 April 2011 / Accepted: 10 May 2011 / Published: 16 May 2011
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Abstract

Using the Canadian National Population Health Survey and the recent tax variation across Canadian provinces, this paper examines the impact of cigarette taxes on smoking participation. Consistent with the literature, we find evidence of a heterogeneous response to cigarette taxes among different groups of smokers. Contrary to most studies, we find that the middle age group—which constitutes the largest fraction of smokers in our sample—is largely unresponsive to taxes. While cigarette taxes remain popular with policy makers as an anti-smoking measure, identifying the socio-demographic characteristics of smokers who respond differentially to tax increase will help in designing appropriate supplementary measures to reduce smoking.
Keywords: cigarette taxes; smoking participation; elasticity; socio-demographic factors cigarette taxes; smoking participation; elasticity; socio-demographic factors
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Azagba, S.; Sharaf, M. Cigarette Taxes and Smoking Participation: Evidence from Recent Tax Increases in Canada. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 1583-1600.

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