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Determinants of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Turkey: Findings from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey


  • Zeynep Elitas

    (Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey;

  • Didem Pekkurnaz

    (Department of Economics, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey,


The aim of this paper is to evaluate the relationship between sociodemographic determinants and exposure to secondhand smoke at different places as well as to compare the effects of these determinants for the years 2008 and 2012. Data set comes from 2008 and 2012 releases of Global Adult Tobacco Survey for Turkey. Logit models show that young people are disproportionately affected by passive smoking. In addition, males are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke at all places studied except for home. Decomposition analysis implies that (1) differences in the distribution of age and education categories between 2008 and 2012 significantly explain the difference in the secondhand smoke exposure at home between these years and (2) differences in the secondhand smoke exposure at work between 2008 and 2012 can be explained by the differences in the distribution of indoor smoking rules at work.

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  • Zeynep Elitas & Didem Pekkurnaz, 2016. "Determinants of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Turkey: Findings from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey," Econometrics Letters, Bilimsel Mektuplar Organizasyonu (Scientific letters), vol. 3(2), pages 1-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:bmo:bmoart:v:3:y:2016:i:2:p:1-14
    DOI: 10.5455/Elet.2016.3.2.1

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    Secondhand smoke exposure; Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition; smoke-free policy; nonlinear regression models; GATS.;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities


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