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jwh

You make the claim that a big reason the poor disproportionately smoke is because of excise taxes. You refer to a CBO report in an attempt to back up your assertion. In reading the linked article, I don't see the cause and effect connection. The report does say "the smoking rate has declined faster among wealthier than among less affluent groups" but it doesn't seem to be saying or implying that the reason the rate has declined faster is because of the taxes.

In general I think you are doing an excellent job of debunking Spurlock's assertions, but I think the comment on excise taxes is a bit of a stretch.

Will Wilkinson

I agree with JWH. The data suggest that demand for cigarettes among the poor is more inelastic -- less price sensitive. Because of diminishing marginal utility, you'd predict that wealthier folks would be les, not more, sensitive to tax mark-ups. So this calls out for a theory. My guess is that subsitutes for smoking are more expensive than smoking. Higher taxes, by closing the gap between cigarettes and substitutes, move more wealthy people to substitutes. But the gap is still too big for poorer folk. Or, alternatively, alternatives have diferring levels of cultural acceptance/stigma, which affects the cost of switiching. Just musing...

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