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March 29, 2012 Although eight states boosted their sales taxes on cigarettes over the past two years, that’s a decline in the number of such increases by states compared to 2009, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. One thing that smoking prevention experts know from accumulated data is that smoking rates decline as cigarette prices go up, the CDC said. “Increasing cigarette excise taxes directly increases the price of cigarettes, thereby reducing the demand for cigarettes and, ultimately, smoking-related death and disease,” the report’s authors wrote in the March 29 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reoprt.
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