The Effect of Cigarette Excise Taxes on Smoking Before, During and after Pregnancy

38 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2002

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Greg Colman

Pace University - Department of Economics

Michael Grossman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), NY Office; CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics

Theodore Joyce

CUNY Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 2002

Abstract

Recent analyses suggest that cigarette excise taxes lower prenatal smoking. It is unclear, however, whether the association between taxes and prenatal smoking represents a decline among women of reproductive age or a particular response by pregnant women. We address this question directly with an analysis of quit and relapse behavior during and after pregnancy. We find that the price elasticity of prenatal quitting and postpartum relapse is close to one in absolute value. We conclude that direct financial incentives to stop smoking during and after pregnancy should be considered.

Suggested Citation

Colman, Greg and Grossman, Michael and Joyce, Theodore J., The Effect of Cigarette Excise Taxes on Smoking Before, During and after Pregnancy (October 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w9245. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=336361

Greg Colman

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