A Tax Increase on Cigarettes Reduced Tobacco Smoking in Mexico

A Tax Increase on Cigarettes Reduced Tobacco Smoking in Mexico

Publicado el 09 de diciembre, 2010

A cigarette tax increase implemented at the national level in Mexico in 2007 effectively reduced cigarette smoking by 29 percent in the short term.

Mexico implemented a cigarette tax increase in 2007, effectively raising the price that Mexican smokers pay for a cigarette pack by nearly 13 percent, which in turn led to a 29 percent reduction in cigarette consumption, according to a study published in the December 2010 issue of the journal Tobacco Control.

The 29 percent reduction was in the short term and may increase due to relapses in quit attempts, but previous research indicates that a 12.3 percent price hike on cigarettes in Mexico would reduce consumption by more than six percent in the long term. The study analyzed data from the International Tobacco Control (ICT) Policy Evaluation Survey conducted in 2006 and 2007 in Mexico.

"Since no other tobacco control policies or programs were implemented during the period analyzed, the tax increase appears likely to have decreased [cigarette] consumption," the study said.

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