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Perceptions of health risk and smoking decisions of young people

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  • Gerking, S.D.

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

  • Khaddaria, R.
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    Using the Annenberg Perception of Tobacco Risk Survey 2, this paper finds that perceived risk deters smoking among persons aged 14–22 years who think that it is relatively difficult to quit smoking and that onset of deleterious health effects occurs relatively quickly. Perceived health risk, however, does not affect the smoking status of young people who hold the opposite beliefs. These results are consistent with predictions of rational addiction models and suggest that young people, who view smoking as more addictive and health effects as more immediate, may have greater incentive to consider long‐term health effects in their decision to smoke.

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    Paper provided by Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management in its series Other publications TiSEM with number 2e129465-1e69-4454-83d7-7b9b1622e89a.

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    Date of creation: 2012
    Publication status: Published in Health Economics (2012), v.21, nr.7, p.865-877
    Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiutis:2e129465-1e69-4454-83d7-7b9b1622e89a
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