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Youth Smoking Uptake Progress: Price and Public Policy Effects

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  • Hana Ross

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    (American Cancer Society)

  • Frank J. Chaloupka

    (University of Illinois at Chicago
    National Bureau of Economic Research)

  • Melanie Wakefield

    (Center for Behavioral Research in Cancer, Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria)

Abstract

The differential effects of cigarette prices, smoking restrictions, and youth access laws on five stages of smoking uptake among U.S. high school students is examined. The results of the generalized ordered logit indicate that higher cigarette prices are negatively related to being further on the smoking uptake continuum and that their impact is increasing with the probability of becoming an established smoker increases. Compliance with youth access laws may slow the uptake process. This effect is strongest for students at the last stages of smoking uptake. Higher cigarette prices and policies reducing youth access to cigarettes can interrupt adolescents' progress toward becoming daily, addicted smokers.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 32 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
Pages: 355-367

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:32:y:2006:i:2:p:355-367

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  1. 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.
  2. Laura Blow & Andrew Leicester & Frank Windmeijer, 2005. "Parental income and children's smoking behaviour: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey," IFS Working Papers W05/10, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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