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Higher Cigarette Prices Equals Less Beer, Spirits Drinking

  • NPR, Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:34 AM

Raising cigarette taxes leads to less beer and spirits drinking, according to a new study in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Wine drinkers aren't included because they seem to have healthier lifestyles. Researchers analyzed U.S. data between 1980 and 2009. States that showed the highest tax increases per pack also showed the greatest reduction in drinking — 26% versus 5% in states with low cigarette price increases.

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