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Stopping Tobacco Use Through Raising Prices and Adding Legal Restrictions

the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has released a guide to help with legal assistance for those looking to implement tobacco control within their community at the legislative level. They encourage organizations interested in controlling tobacco through pricing and other regulations to consult with local legal council before enacting these measures, but they detail several proven ways to combat tobacco use at the local level.

Tobacco prices have a significant effect on both starting and keeping smoking, and the most common way to combat smoking through pricing is to raise state cigarette taxes. Some states have also effectively used strategies not involving taxes like regulations limiting coupon use, free samples, discounts, giveaways, and other schemes like buy-one-get-one.

This guide focuses on two of those non-tax pricing strategies: sampling restrictions and coupon restrictions.

View the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium guide here.

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