State and federal revenues from tobacco consumed by minors

Am J Public Health. 1999 Jul;89(7):1106-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.89.7.1106.


Objectives: The purpose of this study was to estimate the value of cigarettes consumed in 1997 by youths younger than 18 years.

Methods: Price, population, and consumption data were used to compute conservative and comprehensive estimates, which were then averaged.

Results: An estimated 3.76 million daily smokers aged 12 through 17 years consume an estimated 924 million packs of cigarettes per year, generating $222 million in federal tax revenues, $293 million in state tax revenues, and $480 million in tobacco company profits, and producing a retail value of $1.86 billion.

Conclusions: The revenues from cigarettes smoked by youths could be used to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Smoking / economics*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Taxes*
  • Tobacco*
  • United States / epidemiology