Have Efforts to Reduce Smoking Really Contributed to the Obesity Epidemic?

Economic Inquiry, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 366-376, April 2009

11 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009

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James Nonnemaker

RTI International

Eric A. Finkelstein

RTI International

Mark Engelen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas J. Hoerger

Research Triangle Institute

Matthew C. Farrelly

RTI International

Abstract

Two of the most notable trends in public health over the past 30 years are the reductions in smoking rates and the rapid rise in obesity rates. Several studies have investigated the relationship between these trends but have drawn different conclusions. In this article, we revisit this issue, attempting to clarify the prior discrepant results. Overall, we find no support for the claim that rising cigarette taxes have significantly contributed to rising obesity rates. Instead, we find only a moderately sized effect among former smokers.

Suggested Citation

Nonnemaker, James and Finkelstein, Eric A. and ENGELEN, MARK and Hoerger, Thomas J. and Farrelly, Matthew C., Have Efforts to Reduce Smoking Really Contributed to the Obesity Epidemic?. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 366-376, April 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1393934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00147.x

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Eric A. Finkelstein

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MARK ENGELEN

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Thomas J. Hoerger

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