The Ethics of Sin Taxes
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
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Public Health Nursing
Volume 28, Issue 1, pages 68–77, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Green, R. (2011), The Ethics of Sin Taxes. Public Health Nursing, 28: 68–77. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00907.x
- Issue published online: 29 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
- health care economics;
- health policy;
- health risk behaviors;
- public health nursing practice;
- public health systems
ABSTRACT The current global economic crisis is forcing governments to consider a variety of methods to generate funds for infrastructure. In the United States, smoking-related illness and an obesity epidemic are forcing public health institutions to consider a variety of methods to influence health behaviors of entire target groups. In this paper, the author uses a public health nursing model, the Public Health Code of Ethics (Public Health Leadership Society, 2002), the American Nurses' Association (ANA) Code of Ethics (2001), and other relevant ethical theory to weigh and balance the arguments for and against the use of sin taxes. A position advocating the limited use of sin taxes is supported as a reasonable stance for the public health professional.