The Effectiveness of Anti-Smoking Legislation: A Review

31 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2006

See all articles by Rajeev K. Goel

Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Abstract

This survey focuses on government efforts to curb the use of undesirable goods, notably tobacco products. We synthesize the economics literature and examine the effectiveness of government curbs on tobacco consumption through nonprice controls (such as bans on cigarette advertising, health warnings, and workplace smoking bans) and price measures (or higher prices through higher taxes). This literature review is unique in that we do not merely aim to provide a summary of the literature. Rather, our main focus is to draw conclusions from the literature regarding the effectiveness of alternate policy measures across countries in checking smoking and to provide directions/suggestions for extending the scope of government intervention to other tobacco products.

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K. and Nelson, Michael A., The Effectiveness of Anti-Smoking Legislation: A Review. Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 325-355, July 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=909637 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0950-0804.2006.00282.x

Rajeev K. Goel (Contact Author)

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7939 (Phone)
330-972-5356 (Fax)

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