Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 195–205 | Cite as

Smoking prevalence in the United States: Differences across socioeconomic groups

Article

Abstract

This paper uses recent US state-level data to examine smoking behavior across four population groups divided by age, literacy, income and ethnicity. Another contribution lies in the consideration of various smoking control policies and the full costs of smoking. Overall, the results show that non-price smoking policies are relatively more effective than price or tax policies in reducing smoking prevalence and that these policies gain effectiveness as the population begins to age.

Keywords

Smoking prevalence Smoking restrictions Cigarettes Socioeconomic groups 

JEL Classifications

D12 H70 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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