Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Taxes Increase Cessation Among Substance Abusers and Mentally Ill

July
2010

Recent research has helped to quantify the impact of tobacco tax policy on smoking behavior among smokers with co-occurring drug, alcohol or other mental illness. A ten percent increase in cigarette taxes was found to reduces smoking by 18% among binge-drinkers, drug users, and individuals with mental health disorders, but not among individuals who are alcohol dependent. This population of individuals comprises 40% of smokers, and there little known on how to help them quit.