In Brief

In conjunction with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other health organizations, APA has signed on to a resolution that urges states to increase their excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The resolution also encourages APA-affiliated groups to back tobacco tax campaigns in their own states.

APA supports the campaign because research shows that smoking behavior decreases when cigarette prices are raised and some studies show that teen-agers may be particularly sensitive to price, says Geoffrey Mumford, PhD, director of science policy in APA's Public Policy Office. Preventing tobacco use is a health priority since one-third of teens who are regular smokers will eventually die prematurely from tobacco-caused disease, according to the resolution.

More than 30 other organizations have signed on to the resolution, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Public Health Association and National Education Association.

--D. SMITH

Further Reading

For more information on the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' efforts to raise tobacco taxes, visit www.tobaccofreekids.org/reports/prices.