Title

State and federal revenues from tobacco consumed by minors

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Date

7-8-1999

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Child; Child Behavior; Female; Humans; Male; *Plants, Toxic; Smoking; *Taxes; *Tobacco; United States

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

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.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Am J Public Health. 1999 Jul;89(7):1106-8.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

Journal Title

American journal of public health

PubMed ID

10394327