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The demand for smokeless tobacco among male high school students in the United States: the impact of taxes, prices and policies

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  • John Tauras
  • Lisa Powell
  • Frank Chaloupka
  • Hana Ross

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Despite the deleterious effects of smokeless tobacco use, very little is known about the effects of tobacco control policies on smokeless tobacco demand. This paper uses data extracted from the 1995-2001 National Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) augmented with tobacco taxes, prices and policies to estimate smokeless tobacco demand equations among male high school students. The estimates indicate that higher smokeless tobacco taxes would significantly reduce the number of male students who use smokeless tobacco and the number of days smokeless tobacco users use smokeless tobacco. Moreover, smokeless tobacco products and cigarettes were found to be economic complements in consumption.

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  • John Tauras & Lisa Powell & Frank Chaloupka & Hana Ross, 2007. "The demand for smokeless tobacco among male high school students in the United States: the impact of taxes, prices and policies," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(1), pages 31-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:39:y:2007:i:1:p:31-41
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840500427940
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    2. Kostova, Deliana & Dave, Dhaval, 2015. "Smokeless tobacco use in India: Role of prices and advertising," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 138(C), pages 82-90.
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    5. Yi-Chi Chen & Chang-Ching Lin, 2010. "Threshold Effects in Cigarette Addiction: An Application of the Threshold Model in Dynamic Panels," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(4), pages 3128-3142.

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