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Youth smoking, cigarette prices, and anti-smoking sentiment

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  • Philip DeCicca

    (Department of Economics, McMaster University. Hamilton, Ont., Canada)

  • Donald Kenkel

    (Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)

  • Alan Mathios

    (Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)

  • Yoon-Jeong Shin

    (Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Eunpyeornggu, Seoul, Korea)

  • Jae-Young Lim

    (Department of Food and Resource Economics, College of Life Science, Korea University, Seoul, Korea)

Abstract

In this paper, we develop a new direct measure of state anti-smoking sentiment and merge it with micro-data on youth smoking in 1992 and 2000. The empirical results from the cross-sectional models show two consistent patterns: after controlling for differences in state anti-smoking sentiment, the price of cigarettes has a weak and statistically, insignificant influence on smoking participation, and state anti-smoking sentiment appears to have a potentially important influence on youth smoking participation. The cross-sectional results are corroborated by results from the discrete time hazard models of smoking initiation that include state-fixed effects. However, there is evidence of price-responsiveness in the conditional cigarette demand by youth and young adult smokers. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Philip DeCicca & Donald Kenkel & Alan Mathios & Yoon-Jeong Shin & Jae-Young Lim, 2008. "Youth smoking, cigarette prices, and anti-smoking sentiment," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(6), pages 733-749.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:17:y:2008:i:6:p:733-749
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.1293
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