Health Care Analysis

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 13–22

Risk perception, addiction, and costs to others: An assessment of cigarette taxes and other anti-smoking policies

  • Paul Menzel
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF02251331

Cite this article as:
Menzel, P. Health Care Anal (1994) 2: 13. doi:10.1007/BF02251331


This paper offers a relatively comprehensive assessment of government anti-smoking policies (both taxation and other regulatory measures). I conclude that interventions to engender in smokers and prospective smokers an accurate perception of tobacco's health risks are justified, that except in the case of adolescents addiction by itself does not justify intervention beyond providing adequate information, that the proper goal of tobacco taxation policy should be to recoup only the extra costs that smokers place on others (at most a $1/pack tax on cigarettes), and that passive smoke's imposition of harm on unconsenting others strongly supports at least the development of a safe-to-others smokeless cigarette, if not direct intervention.


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Copyright information

© John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Menzel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA

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