Tobacco Pricing and Norms
In Philadelphia, a pack of cigarettes costs under $6, while prices exceed $8 in Chicago and $11 in New York City because of local taxes levied on top of federal and state taxes.
Price is a particularly strong predictor of smoking among youth and low-income populations. On average, for every 10% increase in the price of tobacco, there is a 2-4% decrease in use among the general population and a 4-6% decrease in use among youth and young adults.
Successful tobacco control strategies must address pricing and norms.
Our Action Plan
- Assess the impact of increased cigarette prices on smoking, healthcare costs, and productivity.
- Encourage youth to become leaders in tobacco control policy change through youth engagement and photo-documentation.
- Engage City residents in civic dialogues to assess support for diverse tobacco control policies.
- Through economic modeling, it was discovered that a $2 per pack price increase would cut the adult smoking rate in half by 2050 and save over $100 million in annual healthcare and productivity costs.
- Five civic dialogues were held on tobacco use in Philadelphia, finding that participants emphasized the need to protect children and to help people make healthy choices.
- A citywide student video contest was organized to spur community-generated videos depicting the impact of smoking on Philadelphia residents and communities
- Completed a PhotoVoice online photo-documentary exhibit on how tobacco use and promotion affect Philadelphians' everyday lives.
- An assessment was conducted which showed, in early analysis, that over 90% of chain convenience stores, gas stations and chain pharmacies display indoor and/or outdoor tobacco advertising.
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