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Smoking bans are more effective than taxes at limiting social smoking in young adults, US study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6923 (Published 23 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6923
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Comprehensive public smoking bans are more effective than taxes on cigarettes for limiting social smoking in young adults, shows a US study,1 but it found that heavy smokers were deterred more by taxes.

The study combined information on US tobacco policies at the state and the local city level with data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 and followed up 4341 young adults aged 19 to 31 yearly from 2004 to 2011. Researchers looked at the effect of tobacco bans and taxes on smoking habits.

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