Study blows smoke on cigarette tax opposition by African-Americans

Many African-Americans support cigarette tax increases and reject arguments that higher prices are racially unfair, even though low-income smokers would take the hardest financial hits, a new study reports. There has been some general research on African-American attitudes toward tobacco control issues, but the Penn State study is the first to report direct findings on African-Americans and cigarette taxes, write Gary King, Ph.D., and colleagues in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health.