Death and tobacco taxes

Michael Moore

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This article analyzes the effect of tobacco excise tax changes on mortality. Reduced-form regressions of mortality rates on tobacco taxes for the years 1954-1988, with controls for state, year, income, alcoholic beverage taxes, age distribution, and unobserved health trends indicate that tax increases lead to statistically significant decreases in smoking-related mortality. Evidence on the complementary relationship between alcohol and tobacco as it relates to health outcomes is also presented. A 10% increase in the tobacco tax is projected to save over 6,000 lives a year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-428
Number of pages14
JournalRAND Journal of Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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