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A Preliminary Contemporary Panel Data Analysis of the Consumption Impact of Cigarette Taxation

Cebula, Richard (2010): A Preliminary Contemporary Panel Data Analysis of the Consumption Impact of Cigarette Taxation. Published in: Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice , Vol. 28, No. No. 1 (20 December 2010): pp. 69-89.

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Abstract

The adverse effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 400,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Given this circumstance, the present study has two objectives. First, using a panel data-set for a very recent time frame, it seeks to investigate the impact of federal plus state cigarette excise taxes (along with a host of other factors) on the aggregate consumption of cigarettes. The study adopts a five-year state-level panel data-set spanning the period 2002 through 2006. Consistent with certain previous studies, the estimates in this study find that the higher the cigarette excise tax, the lower the aggregate volume of cigarettes consumed. The second objective of this study is to formally propose a general form/template for a cigarette excise tax that is tied directly to each cigarette brand's nicotine and tar content.

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