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Study: Cigarette tax may cause a decrease in heavy drinking

We know increasing cigarette taxes makes smokers smoke less, but now Stanford researchers find that smoking taxes may affect heavy drinkers too.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC) – We know increasing cigarette taxes makes smokers smoke less, but now Stanford researchers find that smoking taxes may affect heavy drinkers too.

They studied more than 21,000 people - some living in the states where cigarette taxes have already gone into effect.

The researchers found that heavy drinkers living in those states had cut their alcohol intake by 10 percent – and their binge drinking went down by 22 percent.

While we know there are strong links between smoking and heavy drinking, the study shows that the solutions to the issues may be connected as well.

The study suggests that the solution in one problem might begin in dealing with the other first.

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