A new report from the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) has confirmed that tobacco taxes are an effective strategy to prevent youth from starting smoking and gives tobacco users that extra push to quit.
The report examined cigarette prices and sales in the state from 1970 through 2014 as well as smoking prevalence and found a correlation between increasing the price of tobacco products and reduced consumption. It also concluded that increasing the price of “other tobacco products” such as E-cigs, chew and cigars may decrease their consumption as well. This is important to note since these products’ use of candy flavors and bring packaging makes them much more appealing to young people. These types of products are marketed more heavily in minority communities than others.
I’ve seen this first hand in my community on the south side of Milwaukee. As a member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Latino Tobacco Prevention Network (WHLTPN) I was part of the Milwaukee Retail Scan Project, which involved surveying local stores to determine which types and costs of tobacco products were being sold and where they were being placed. We also looked at the types of tobacco products being advertisements and where those ads were located.
We found that there were more price promotions offered for tobacco products in our community than in the suburbs. This is extremely problematic when considering the findings of the study. You can read the report by clicking here. If you’re a tobacco user interested in getting free help you can do so by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.