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Costs of smoking and attempts to quit

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  • Rajeev Goel

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Using recent cross-sectional state-level data for the US, this article examines smoking quitting behaviour by smokers. In particular, we uniquely focus on how the costs of smoking, both direct and indirect costs, induce smokers to quit. Results show that the price of cigarettes and home smoking restrictions are the primary thrusts behind smokers' quit decision. The indirect costs due to workplace smoking restrictions, medical costs and a lack of insurance do not seem to significantly matter. The habit-forming effect of cigarettes is shown to lead to greater quit attempts. Policy implications are discussed.

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  • Rajeev Goel, 2007. "Costs of smoking and attempts to quit," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(7), pages 853-857.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:39:y:2007:i:7:p:853-857
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840500439119
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    1. Tsangyao Chang & Hsiao-Ping Chu & Frederick W. Deale & Rangan Gupta, 2016. "The Causal Relationship Between Happiness and Smoking: A Bootstrap Panel Causality Test," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 17(3), pages 1327-1336, June.
    2. Rajeev Goel, 2015. "On the demand for smoking quitlines," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 39(1), pages 201-210, January.

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