Boosting cigarette taxes can cause smoking rates to plummet among people struggling with alcohol, drug and/or mental disorders, new research suggests.
Ong and his colleagues reported their findings online in the American Journal of Public Health. The authors noted that smoking is the leading cause of death in the United States.
How the research was done
The current finding stems from a 2000-2001 survey of more than 7 500 men and women, about 23% of whom had an alcohol, drug or mental health disorder in the year prior to being polled.