Potential inter-relationships between cigarette taxes, smoke-free policy, and smoking prevalence

A PopSciGrid demo that illustrates how tobacco policy coverage rate, cigarette price/tax, and smoking rate have changed over time using motion chart technology.

This demo is part of the Population Sciences Grid Project. For more information, please contact Professor Deborah McGuinness.

Please note: The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) PopSciGrid Community Health Data Portal enables users to explore the relationship between cancer risk factors, health outcomes, and factors in the social and political environment. The maps, graphs, and tables on this website are not intended to convey information about causal relationships, and the NCI does not endorse any conclusions or inferences that individual users may draw from the maps, tables, or graphs produced by this website. Learn more about cancer.

Browser considerations: Firefox and IE 8 on Windows XP have difficulties displaying the following demonstrations. IE 7 on Windows Vista also has difficulties. Demonstrations can be successfully viewed using IE 8 on Windows 7, and Firefox and Safari on Mac. Flash is required for all browsers.

Using the demo: Press play () in the chart below to show how each State's Cigarette Tax ($) and Smoking Ban Coverage (%) changes from 1994 to 2007. The size of the circles corresponds to the percentage of smokers in the state, while the color of the circles corresponds to a "High", "Intermediate", or "Low" degree of the same quantity. The time point shown can be adjusted using the slider at the bottom of this chart.

smoking prevalence legend

By 2007, we see that the (blue) "High" Smoking Prevalence states tend toward the low tax and low ban corner of the graph.
We also see that the (yellow) "Low" Smoking Prevalence states are in the middle of the tax range and do not have the highest ban coverage.

Timelines: Tax and Cost per Pack (US $), Smoking Prevalance, and Degree of Smoking Ban Coverage (%)

To view these measures for a different state, select it here: .


National Cancer Institute

  • Abdul R. Shaikh
  • Richard Moser
  • Bradford W. Hesse
  • Glen D. Morgan
  • Erik M. Augustson
  • Yvonne Hunt
  • Zaria Tatalovich
  • Gordon Willis
  • Kelly Blake
  • Paul Courtney (contractor)
  • Lila Finney (contractor)
  • Amy Sanders (contractor)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Deborah L. McGuinness
  • Li Ding
  • Tim Lebo
  • Jim McCusker

Northwestern University

  • Noshir Contractor
  • Yun Huang
  • Hugh Devlin
  • York Yao

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