African Americans' Attitudes Toward Cigarette Excise Taxes

Gary King, Robyn K. Mallett, Lynn T. Kozlowski, Robert B. Bendel

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Objectives. This study examined African Americans' opinions regarding cigarette excise taxes and other tobacco control issues. Methods. A stratified cluster sample of US congressional districts represented by African Americans was selected. African Americans from 10 districts were interviewed. Results. Forty-seven percent of respondents stated that taxes on tobacco products should be increased, whereas about 30% believed that they should be reduced. Almost 75% disagreed that raising taxes on tobacco products is unfair to African Americans, and 57.9% reported that they would not be opposed to increasing taxes on cigarettes even if low-income smokers would be hit the hardest. Conclusions. The present results indicate substantial support for cigarette excise taxes among African Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)828-834
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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