Smoking Prevalence and Antismoking Regulations in Transition Countries
Transition Studies Review, vol. 13 no. 1 pp. 231-248, 2006
Posted: 18 Oct 2014 Last revised: 19 Apr 2016
Date Written: May 1, 2006
As a number of new nations emerged in the early nineties, there has been a spurt in regulatory initiatives in transition countries toward nation building and socio-economic reforms. A key prerequisite to policy changes is an understanding of the related patterns and policies. This paper provides an overview of the smoking trends in transition nations, broken by gender and age, and the antismoking policies in place. In particular, four different types of non-price policies are studied. Comparisons with the rest of the world show that transition countries do not fare badly in terms of implementing antismoking policies and are, in fact, better in some cases than other countries. However, greater smoking prevalence for some population subgroups in transition nations suggests that either some other socio-economic factors influencing smoking prevalence might be at play or there might be some enforcement issues with the policies in place.
Keywords: cigarette, transition country, smoking prevalence, smoking restriction
JEL Classification: I1, H0
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