Forty year trends in Canadian tobacco sales

Can J Public Health. Nov-Dec 1992;83(6):404-6.


Despite high taxes, the price of tobacco products continues to be a "bargain" for smokers. This paper presents trends since 1950 in real tobacco price index, per capita real disposable income, smoking prevalence, and sales of cigarettes and fine-cut tobaccos. In addition, an "effective tobacco price index", which is the ratio of the real tobacco price index to per capita (age 15+) real disposable income, indexed to a base year (1950) is discussed. This index gives the price of tobacco products as a fraction of real disposable income. The data indicate that, in 1991, the "effective tobacco price" is only 78% of 1950 values.

MeSH terms

  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data*
  • Income / trends
  • Lobbying
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking / economics*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Taxes
  • Tobacco*