Youth Smoking, Cigarette Prices, and Anti-Smoking Sentiment

44 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2006 Last revised: 18 Jul 2010

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Philip DeCicca

McMaster University - Department of Economics; Ball State--Department of Economics

Donald Kenkel

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alan D. Mathios

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM)

Yoon-Jeong Shin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jae-Young Lim

Hallym University

Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

In this paper, we develop a new direct measure of state anti-smoking sentiment and merge it with micro data on youth smoking in 1992 and 2000. The empirical results from the cross-sectional models show two consistent patterns: after controlling for differences in state anti-smoking sentiment, the price of cigarettes has a weak and statistically insignificant influence on smoking participation; and state anti-smoking sentiment appears to be a potentially important influence on youth smoking participation. The cross-sectional results are corroborated by results from discrete time hazard models of smoking initiation that include state fixed effects. However, there is evidence of price-responsiveness in the conditional cigarette demand by youth and young adult smokers.

Suggested Citation

DeCicca, Philip and Kenkel, Donald and Mathios, Alan D. and Shin, Yoon-Jeong and Lim, Jae-Young, Youth Smoking, Cigarette Prices, and Anti-Smoking Sentiment (August 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12458. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=924744

Philip DeCicca

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

Ball State--Department of Economics ( email )

United States

Donald Kenkel (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM) ( email )

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Alan D. Mathios

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM) ( email )

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Yoon-Jeong Shin

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

Jae-Young Lim

Hallym University ( email )

39 Hallymdaehak-gil
Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, 200-702
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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