$2 Per Cigarette Pack Tax Helping Schools, Doubling Calls to the Smoking Cessation Line, Says Giridhar Mallya

Jul 30, 2015 | PRC Researchers in the News


The two-dollar tax on cigarettes generated over 50 million dollars for Philadelphia public schools in the act’s first nine months. According to UPenn PRC’s Community Advisory Board member, Giridhar Mallya, calls to the smoking cessation line run by health officials have doubled since the tax was enacted. Mallya predicts people will either stop smoking, minimize their smoking frequency, or find cigarettes elsewhere.