Public Policy and Youth Smokeless Tobacco Use

Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 64, No. 2 (October 1997)

Posted: 20 Sep 1996

See all articles by Frank J. Chaloupka

Frank J. Chaloupka

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John A. Tauras

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Michael Grossman

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

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Abstract

Much is known about the effects of prices and tobacco control policies on cigarette smoking, but little is known about their impact on smokeless tobacco use. This paper uses data from the Monitoring the Future Surveys, augmented with tobacco tax and policy related measures, to estimate smokeless tobacco demand equations for young males. The estimates indicate that higher smokeless tobacco taxes would significantly reduce the number of young men using smokeless tobacco and the frequency of smokeless tobacco use. In addition, the estimates imply that strong limits on youth access to tobacco products reduce smokeless tobacco use by young males.

JEL Classification: I18

Suggested Citation

Chaloupka, Frank J. and Tauras, John A. and Grossman, Michael, Public Policy and Youth Smokeless Tobacco Use. Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 64, No. 2 (October 1997). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=49164

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