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Youth Smoking, Cigarette Prices, and Anti-Smoking Sentiment

  • Philip DeCicca
  • Donald S. Kenkel
  • Alan D. Mathios
  • Yoon-Jeong Shin
  • Jae-Young Lim

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 be a potentially important influence on youth smoking participation. The cross-sectional results are corroborated by results from 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.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12458.

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Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Publication status: published as 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.
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