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Innovative Policy Designed to Lower Rates of Tobacco Use in Young People: Raising the Legal Age for Purchasing Tobacco Products to 21

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. This week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report on tobacco use among U.S. middle and high school students for the period 2011-2016. The report showed that use of tobacco over that timeframe did not change significantly, with 7.2% of […]

Blowing Smoke: Does Tax Evasion via Cross-Border Sales Erode the Impact of Cigarette Taxes?

Alex Cohen is the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Smokers, like all people, respond to incentives. One powerful incentive is price. When something becomes more expensive, people are less likely to consume that item. This fact is borne out in the extensive literature on the impact of cigarette taxes […]