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Smokers' Decisions To Quit Smoking

  • Hammar, Henrik

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Carlsson, Fredrik

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

We investigate the effectiveness of different smoking policies on the decision to quit smoking using a choice experiment on a sample of habitual smokers. Our results indicate that restricted availability, increased cigarette prices, cessation subsidies and regulations at restaurants, bars and cafés increase the probability of smoking cessation. Regulations at work places do not seem to have any effect. The results also show the significant role of limited self-control; smokers who have the intent to quit smoking are more likely to quit smoking if a stricter regulation is implemented. Furthermore, smokers who have received advice from their children to quit smoking or who perceive the health risks as considerable, are more likely to quit smoking.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 59.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 30 Nov 2001
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Publication status: Published in Health Economics , 2005, pages 257-267.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0059
Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
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