A government report stated that fewer young people in the United States are smoking, which can be due to different cause including an increase in cigarette taxes.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, daily smoking among teens and young adults decreased from 20.4% (2004) to 15.8% (2010). Also, among teens between the ages of 12 and 17, smoking decreased from 3.3% to 2%.
The decrease in smoking among young people can be due to a number of factors: cigarette taxes, school education programs, antismoking campaigns, increased law enforcement on tobacco products being sold to minors, among others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average state tax on cigarettes increased from $1.34 to $1.46 in 2009. The cigarette tax in New York was significantly higher, with a tax increasing from $4 to $4.35.
This is progress in the war against tobacco however SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said that, “12 adolescents currently smoke and one in three young adults smoke, which means that far too many young people are still endangering their lives.”
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