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Have Efforts To Reduce Smoking Really Contributed To The Obesity Epidemic?

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  • JAMES NONNEMAKER
  • ERIC FINKELSTEIN
  • MARK ENGELEN
  • THOMAS HOERGER
  • MATTHEW FARRELLY
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    "Two of the most notable trends in public health over the past 30 yr are the reductions in smoking rates and the rapid rise in obesity rates. Several studies have investigated the relationship between these trends but have drawn different conclusions. In this article, we revisit this issue, attempting to clarify the prior discrepant results. Overall, we find no support for the claim that rising cigarette taxes have significantly contributed to rising obesity rates. Instead, we find only a moderately sized effect among former smokers". ("JEL "I12) Copyright (c) 2008 Western Economic Association International.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

    Volume (Year): 47 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (04)
    Pages: 366-376

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:47:y:2009:i:2:p:366-376

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    1. Wehby, George L. & Courtemanche, Charles J., 2012. "The heterogeneity of the cigarette price effect on body mass index," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 719-729.
    2. Azomahou, Theophile & Soete, Luc & Diene, Bity & Diene, Mbaye, 2012. "Optimal health investment with separable and non-separable preferences," MERIT Working Papers 047, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    3. D. Dragone & F. Manaresi & L. Savorelli, 2013. "Tobacco Taxes and Smoking Bans Impact Differently on Obesity and Eating Habits," Working Papers wp878, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    4. P. Johnelle Sparks & Mary Bollinger, 2011. "A Demographic Profile of Obesity in the Adult and Veteran US Populations in 2008," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 211-233, April.
    5. Fang, Hai & Ali, Mir M. & Rizzo, John A., 2009. "Does smoking affect body weight and obesity in China?," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 7(3), pages 334-350, December.
    6. Cawley, J.; & Von Hinke Kessler Scholder, S.;, 2013. "The Demand for Cigarettes as Derived from the Demand for Weight Control," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 13/06, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
    7. Pieroni, Luca & Salmasi, Luca, 2012. "Smoking habit changes and body weight: causal estimates from the British Household Panel Survey," MPRA Paper 43465, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Aliaksandr Amialchuk & Kateryna Bornukova & Mir M. Ali, 2012. "Smoking and Obesity Revisited: Evidence from Belarus," BEROC Working Paper Series 19, Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC).

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