'Raise the prices to stem smoking'

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A newly released report from the UW-Milwaukee center for urban population recently confirmed that tobacco taxes are an effective strategy to prevent youth from starting tobacco use and giving users that extra push to quit.

The report looked at cigarette prices and sales in Wisconsin from 1970 through 2014, as well as adult smoking prevalence in the start. The report found a correlation between increasing the price of tobacco products and reduced consumption of those products.

The report goes on to state that increasing the price of other tobacco products like cigars, e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco may decrease their consumption. This is worth noting since these products' use of candy flavors and bright packaging makes them more appealing to young people.

I personally have done compliance checks locally and noticed that packaging for these products are in youth-attracting flavors like, bubble gum, cherry, blue raspberry. Additionally, the packaging is generally bright, full of color and often mimics products teens are using, such as chapstick, lip glosses, and other candy and novelty items.

This report can be read at http://tobwis.org/files/download_file/032105eeb588cf2.

Youth2Youth is always available to help answer additional questions, or provide education. As a reminder, tobacco users can get free help to quit using these products by calling 1-800-QUITNOW.

Carrie Bluel

Program Coordinator

Youth2Youth4Change

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