State cigarette tax linked to alcohol consumption decline (WAAY TV)

By CHARLEY GAINES | October 27, 2014

The Washington Post says 88,000 people die each year in connection with excessive drinking. Cigarettes kill another 440,000 people in the country each year. These deaths are due mostly to long-term health problems like cancer. Mark Kleiman, author of “Paying the Tab,” says tripling federal alcohol taxes would contribute about $14 billion a year to federal revenues. He also says it would save about 3,000 lives because of decreased alcohol consumption.

Hiking tobacco taxes is not the best way to reduce drinking in states, but it could help. Raising alcohol taxes would be the best way to reduce drinking, but the new study’s results prove there are deeper, more complex benefits to raising tobacco tax prices.

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