Pay more, smoke less: Possible effects of raising tobacco taxes across the EU


Raising tobacco taxes to increase cigarette prices could reduce cigarette consumption and smoking-associated deaths (SADs) in all 28 EU countries, according to a new study. In higher income countries, raising tobacco taxes could increase revenues that could be spend on prevention and control programs, while in lower income countries tax revenues may be negatively affected, researchers suggest.

Federal preemption of taxes on state and local sugar-sweetened beverages is not warranted


Federal and state government can alter or hinder state and local activity through a legal mechanism called preemption — when a higher level of government blocks the action of a lower level of government. A new study evaluates whether it could it be used to block taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages.