People are ditching cigarettes for vaping for reasons other than their health

Taxes on traditional cigarettes may be driving smokers to try vaping.

A $1 tax increase on traditional cigarettes reduces cigarette use by 1.9% overall and by 3.5% for daily smokers, says a new study distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

The study determined these results by cross-referencing dates of state cigarette excise tax changes with data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys and National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) between 2011 and 2017.

The BRFSS polls more than 400,000 U.S. adults each year, and the NHIS surveys about 33,000. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention oversees both of these surveys.

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