Reactions of adult and teenaged smokers to the Massachusetts tobacco tax

Am J Public Health. 1998 Sep;88(9):1389-91. doi: 10.2105/ajph.88.9.1389.


Objectives: This study assessed smokers' reactions to a 25 cents cigarette tax imposed in Massachusetts.

Methods: A statewide telephone survey of 1783 adult smokers and 216 teenaged smokers was conducted.

Results: Among adult smokers, 3.5% reported that they had stopped smoking, owing in part to the price increase; 35% had considered quitting and 19% had attempted to cut the cost of smoking by switching to cheaper brands or cutting down. Among teenagers, 21% had considered quitting and 26% had cut costs. Low-income smokers were more responsive to the price increase than more affluent smokers.

Conclusions: A modest and temporary price increase promoted quitting among adult smokers and reduced cigarette consumption among low-income teenagers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Massachusetts
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / economics*
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation / economics
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology
  • Taxes*