Combat Exposure, Cigarette Consumption, and Substance Use

22 Pages Posted: 10 May 2016

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Resul Cesur

University of Connecticut, School of Business - Dept. of Healthcare Economics

Alexander J Chesney

San Diego State University, Department of Economics

Joseph J. Sabia

San Diego State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

This study estimates the relationship between combat exposure and several risky health behaviors: cigarette consumption, binge drinking, and drug use. We find that the U.S. active duty military personnel deployed to combat zones with enemy firefight are more likely to subsequently smoke cigarettes, consume alcohol, and use illicit drugs than their counterparts deployed to noncombat operations. Our results suggest that the mental health effects of combat can explain up to two‚Äźthirds of the estimated association between combat exposure and risky health behaviors.

JEL Classification: H56, I12

Suggested Citation

Cesur, Resul and Chesney, Alexander J and Sabia, Joseph J., Combat Exposure, Cigarette Consumption, and Substance Use (July 2016). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 54, Issue 3, pp. 1705-1726, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777775 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12312

Resul Cesur (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut, School of Business - Dept. of Healthcare Economics ( email )

School of Business
2100 Hillside Road
Storrs, CT 06269
United States

Alexander J Chesney

San Diego State University, Department of Economics ( email )

San Diego, CA 92182-0763
United States

Joseph J. Sabia

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
United States

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