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How important are tobacco prices in the propensity to start and quit smoking? An analysis of smoking histories from the Spanish National Health Survey

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  • Angel López Nicolás

    (Dept. Economics and Business, Centre de Recerca en Economia i Salut (CRES), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

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This paper presents an econometric analysis of the effect of policy instruments such as prices, restrictions to use and health warnings on the decisions to start and quit smoking. The duration up to starting and up to quitting is represented with several parametric models for the hazard function, and statistical tests are used to choose the best specification. The estimates reveal that prices have a very weak effect on the duration up to starting. On the contrary, the duration up to quitting is shortened by increases in the prices of the cheapest varieties of cigarrettes in the Spanish market. This evidence suggests specific directions for change in the structure of tobacco taxes. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Angel López Nicolás, 2002. "How important are tobacco prices in the propensity to start and quit smoking? An analysis of smoking histories from the Spanish National Health Survey," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(6), pages 521-535.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:11:y:2002:i:6:p:521-535
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.745
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    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents

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