Genes and Taxes

While the number of smokers has declined, about 20 percent of the population still smokes, even as taxes on tobacco rise, and an economist hypothesizes that a gene variant related to nicotine addiction may make smokers more likely to respond to tax increases, The New York Times reports.

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