Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel Paper: State and Federal Options for Curbing Illicit Tobacco in the U.S

Friday, November 13, 2015 : 2:10 PM
Johnson I (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Frank J. Chaloupka1, Megan C. Diaz1, Marin K. Kurti2, David F. Merriman1, Michael Pesko3 and Hana Ross4,5, (1)University of Illinois, Chicago, (2)Rutgers University, (3)Cornell University, (4)American Cancer Society, (5)University of Cape Town
The recent NRC-IOM report on illicit tobacco trade in the United States highlights the role of tax differentials between states, localities, and tribal lands in driving bootlegging, cross-border shopping, and other tax avoidance and evasion.  This presentation will highlight federal, state, and local policies and other interventions that could be implemented to curb tobacco tax avoidance and evasion, provide case-studies of jurisdictions that have effectively implemented these strategies, and present estimates of the impact of widespread implementation of these strategies in the U.S.