Learning Objectives: Craft a comprehensive, state-specific case statement outlining the public health benefits of increasing tobacco excise taxes.
Abstract: Raising tobacco prices is one of the most effective methods of reducing tobacco use. Tobacco control professionals in both the public and not-for-profit sectors will explore an array of academic research and surveillance surveys detailing the links between tobacco prices and tobacco consumption. They will see the relationship between price and youth uptake, the effect of price on smoking prevalence and the impact of price on overall consumption. Participants will discuss research conclusions along side of surveillance data, and learn how to analyze both information sets. By utilizing research and surveillance data together, participants will be able to craft a comprehensive, state-specific case statement on the public health benefits of increasing tobacco excise taxes. They will discuss the impact a tobacco excise tax increase will have on youth and adult prevalence and consumption, and on health care costs, as well as longer-term morbidity and mortality implications. Participants will learn how to craft a comprehensive, state-specific case statement setting out the public health benefits of increasing tobacco excise taxes.
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