Do State Expenditures on Tobacco Control Programs Decrease Use of Tobacco Products Among College Students?

36 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2006 Last revised: 30 Sep 2022

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Christina Ciecierski

University of Illinois at Chicago - School of Public Health

Pinka Chatterji

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Frank J. Chaloupka

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

Henry Wechsler

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to investigate the effects of state tobacco control program expenditures on individual-level tobacco use behaviors among young adults. Data come from the 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2001 waves of the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (CAS). Our findings indicate that a higher level of state spending on tobacco control programs is associated with a statistically significant increase in the probability that smokers report at least one attempt to quit smoking in the past year, as well as increases in the number of attempts to quit in the past year among smokers. We also find that higher state expenditures on tobacco control programs are associated with reductions in the prevalence of smokeless tobacco and cigar use among college students. We do not find, however, any statistically significant association between state tobacco control program expenditures and the overall prevalence and intensity of cigarette use among college students, a finding that is at odds with previous research on high school students.

Suggested Citation

Ciecierski, Christina and Chatterji, Pinka and Chaloupka, Frank J. and Wechsler, Henry, Do State Expenditures on Tobacco Control Programs Decrease Use of Tobacco Products Among College Students? (September 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12532, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=931611

Christina Ciecierski

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